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OR. SAMUEL B. COLLINS, 

RELATIKO TO 

THE MOST WONDERFUL MEDICAL 
DISCOVERY OF THE AGE. 



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CHICAGO: 

IVBNINO JOURNAL PRINT, NO. 46 DBARBORN BTRB9 



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AN ANSWER 

TO 

" WHAT SHALL THEY DO TO BE SAVED? 1 * 
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Fitz Hugh Ludlow, in one of his brilliant 
articles in Harper, says : — " A patient, whom, 
after habitual use of Opium for ten years, I met 
when he had spent eight years more in reducing 
his daily dose to half a grain of Morphia, with a 
view to its eventual complete abandonment, once 
spoke to me in these words : — ' Grod seems to help 
a man in getting out of every difficulty but Opium. 
There you have to claw your own way out, over 
red-hot coals, on your hands and knees, and drag 
yourself by main strength through the burning 
dungeon bars.' " 

. The discovery of a sure Antidote for Opium nas 
been the object of many years of careful research 
by some of the most eminent physicians of all 
lands ; — but though they had ranged through the 
wide field of materia medica, and exhausted almost 
every resource known to Science, their labors were 
not crowned with success. 

Fluttering hopes had, ever and anon, been flung 

out to the agonizing thousands of those whom 

a was rapidly dragging down to the grave ; 

to the thousands who had, all unwittingly been 



4 THE OPIUM HABIT. 

drawn by the fatal allurements of the accursed 
drug into that hell already prepared for them, 
lying just beyond life, and just this side of the 
grave; — a hell from which escape seems impossible, 
for even death is denied them ; — but they have been 
as the light of the Ignis Fatuus, which shines only 
to deceive. 

But in the mysterious dispensation of an over- 
ruling Power, it has been the fortune of an 
humbler disciple of Esculapius, groping blindly 'n 
the darkness, but praying earnestly for the light, 
to find in answer to his prayer, the secret so long 
hidden — the object of the search of so many 
years. 

How in reality, did he see all around and beside 
him, the agonized, upturned faces of those for 
whom there was no salvation ; how harshly 
sounded in his ears the clanking of those chains 
which no power save the hand of Death could 
loosen ; and how, as he dreamed of the future, did 
he see the shackles struck from those millions of 
slaves — how sweetly sounded in his ears the hal- 
lelujahs of the saved ! • 

In the remedy of Dr. Collins can be found a 
speedy and a sure relief for the Opium Eater — 
a certain and a perfect cure — accomplished with- 
out pain and without inconvenience. 

There need be no interruption of the usual 
transactions of business, during the treatment — 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 5 

the Antidote serving, for the time being, as a per- 
fect substitute for Opium-— and finally removing 
sntirely any desire for the drug in any form. 

Nor does the Antidote in any way induce a 
\xabit of relying upon its sustaining power for a 
jingle instant after the need for Opium has dis- 
appeared. 
In short : 

It entirely, and without pain, removea 
the desire for Opium in any of its nu- 
merous forms — or for any substitute 
for Opium whatever; 
It builds up the system, no matter how 
low it may have been brought by the 
use of Opium ; 
And, It leaves the patient as nearly as may 
be in the same condition as when 
he first took into his system the deadly 
poison. 
It is not a patent medicine but is com- 
pounded expressly for the patient for 
whom it is prescribed, and upon a full 
statement of his case ; 
It is not a Panacea. It is designed 
and adapted only for the cure of the 
Opium Habit, and is not represented 
as curing any other disease or habit ; 



G THE OPIUM HABIT. 

And It i? not, in the common acceptation of 
that word, a Substitute for Opium — 
it is an entire cure. 

While effecting the cure, the Antidote takes the 
place of Opium, and insures the patient against any 
pain, until he shall be able m forswear Opium 
altogether, and feel no desire whatever for it, or 
any substitute therefor. 

There are few cases of the Opium Habit so con- 
firmed that the Antidote of Dr. Collins will not 
cure without suffering, in from 6 to 20 months. 
It is true there may be cases, which, from the com- 
plication of other diseases with the disease of 
Opium Eating, may require a somewhat longer 
period — but such cases are very rare. 

Persons desiring treatment are required to state 

1. The exact amount of the drug used weekly ; 

2. Whether Gum Opium, Morphia, Laudanum, 
or preparations of Opium in other forms ; 

3. The number of dose3 per day, and at what 
hours taken ; 

4. What disease, if any, caused them to form 
the habit ; 

5. The present condition of health ; 

6. Sex ; 

7. Age; 

8. Occupation ; 

9. Daily habits of life : 



THE OPIUM HABIT. I 

And upon this diagnosis the Remedy is prepared, 
and expressly for that particular case ; the length 
of time required for a cure frankly given to the 
person, and a cure guaranteed when all orders of 
the Doctor are promptly carried out. 

It should be remembered that upon the truth as 
regards the amount of Opium used, depends in a 
great degree, the efficacy of the Antidote 



It will be aavisable for patients to order five or 
six bottles of the medicine at a time, as by that 
means they save express charges, and avoid the 
danger of getting entirely out of the Antidote be- 
fore they can receive more. Each bottle will last 
one month, if taken according to directions. 
o 

Under no circumstances whatever should any 
person taste of the medicine prepared for any pa- 
tient — nor should any patient take or even taste 
of any medicine prepared for another patient. 

A patient, while under treatment, should avoid 
vinegar and all other acids, and if, at any time 
acid fruits should be eaten, they should be well 
sweetened ; — and all spirituous liquors should be 
".artfully avoided. 

Only when all directions are carefully followed, 
is a cure guaranteed. 



THE OPIUM HABI? 



TERMS. 

It has often occurred that Opium Eaters who 
have been referred to those whom the Antidote has 
cured, have ordered their medicine through those 
parties — supposing, perhaps, that it would expe- 
dite its delivery and lessen its price. And it has 
come to the knowledge of Dr. Collins, that in sev- 
eral instances, those patients have been compelled 

TO PAY ONE HUNDRED PER CENT MORE THAN THE 

doctor has charqed. For example : — Mr. F, 
of Michigan, ordered, through a reference of the 
Doctor's residing in the East, five bottles of medi- 
cine, for which the Doctor charged fifty dollars. 
After a great deal of circumlocution the medicine 
arrived, and cost the patient — as per letter now 
on file — One Hundred Dollars. To avoid this 
wrong — and to avoid many delays and misunder- 
standings — the Doctor has advised all patients, 
when ordering medicine, to order directly from 
him. 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 



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Patients using Gum Opium, Laudanum, Elixir 
of Opium, or other preparation of the drug, must 
state explicitly the amount of either — and they 
will be charged according to its equivalent in 
Morphine. 

All bills payable monthly in advance, by draft 
on some National Bank, or Post Office order. 
o 

While Dr. Collins fully appreciates the motives 
which actuate many of those who are rescued f?om 
the terrible and certain fate of the Opium Eater, 
ir, making known to suffering humanity at large 
the sure way of their salvation ; — - and while he 



10 THE OPIUM HABIT. 

refers with pleasure the Opium Eater to them by 
name, expecting them to make all inquiries with 
regard to the truth of that which lies so near their 
hearts — he has found, that injustice to himself, — 
and in justice to his patients, no orders for medi- 
cine SHOULD PASS THROUGH THIRD HANDS, but 

should be addressed directly to him. 

This will always insure the speedy personal 
attention of the Doctor, and will protect him as it 
will protect them against many e/rors, and per- 
haps misrepresentations. 

All communications are strictly confidential — 
as are also all names — when requested, and all 
letters of inquiry and all orders for medicine will 
be promptly answered and attended to. 

Address, enclosing stamp for return postage, 
Dr. Saml. B. Collins, 
LaPorte, 

LaPorte County, 
P. 0. f>ox, 166. Indiana. 

Dr. Collins refers to any citizen of LaPorte 
whose own standing in society is good, regarding 
his private character and his public standing. 

That the Opium Eater can he cured without stcf- 
fering — regardless of the amount of Opium which 
may have been used, and regardless of the length 
of time to which the patient may have been ad- 
dicted to the habit — I subjoin the following m^m- 



THE OPIUM H.iBrr. il 

>randa of the amount of the drug used monthly 
>y a few of my patients whose names I have been 
tindly permitted to use. 

I also present a few of the many certificates of 
mres, which I have permission to publish, and I 
xereby offer a reward of Five Hundred ($500) 
Dollars for the discovery of a single fictitious 
lame a^mong any to which I may refer. 

.Q 

A. P. Andrew, Jr., LaPorte, Ind. Habit of 
20 years standing. Used 2 lbs. 
Laudanum per month. 
J. 0. Darrow. Adrian, Mich. Habit of 6 yeara 
standing. Used 270 grains of 
Morphia per month. 
D. Chapman. Chicago, III. Habit of 14 years 
standing. Used 540 grains Morphia 
per montn. 
Dr. J. H. Clark, Chicago, 111. Habit of about 
20 years standing. Used 600 grains 
Morphia per month. 
Mr. W., (No permitted to use name.) Habit of 
8 years standing. Used 900 grains 
Morphia per month. 
W. W. Culver, Bluff Point, N. Y. Habit of 20 
years standing. Used 1040 grains 
Gum U Hum per tauuiu.\ 



12 THE OPIUM HABIT. 



Mr. L., (Not permitted to use name.) Time not 
known. Used 1500 grains Morphia 
per month. 



-o- 



TESTIMONIALS. 

A. P. Andrew, Jr., of LaPorte, LaPorte Co., 
Ind., deposeth and saith : That he is sixty-eight 
years of age — that previous to July, 1868, he 
was for twenty years addicted to the use of Opium, 
the last eighteen year3 of which he was confirmed 
in the Habit. That on the 18th day of July, 
1868, he commenced taking a Substitute com- 
pounded by Dr. S. B. Collins, of LaPorte — that 
he continued to take the Substitute according to 
directions, until the 13th of December following, 
when he was pronounced cured. That since which 
time he has not taken Opium in any of its forms, 
nor any substitute therefor — that he feels no de- 
sire or necessity for the use of Opium — that he 
feels entirely cured of the Habit, with good appe- 
tite, sleeps well, and his general health is as good 
as he could expect at his age — that he published 
in the Banner of Light,, Boston, March 13, 186.', 
a more particular statement of his cure — and 
that he has no pecuniary interest whatever in the 
cure, but makes this deposition voluntarily, for the 
benefit of humanity. A. P. Andrew, Jr. 

Sworn and subscribed to before me, the under- 
signed Justice of the Peace, this 10th day q\ 
.August, 1869. 

Harvey Brown, Justice &f the Peac* 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 13 

A CARD 

Adrian, Mich., April 26, 1868. 
Dk. Saml. B. Collins — Dear Sv\ Cheer- 
fully will I comply with your request to inform 
you how I progress in the cure of the Opium 
Habit. It is now nine days that I have used your 
medicine, and have worked every day since I re- 
turned home from LaPorte, and have not taken a 
particle of Morphine since I took the first dose of 
your medicine. I have not suffered any rheu- 
matic pains or felt anyways uneasy, and have been 
enabled to sleep as calmly and peacefully nights 
as I ever did in my life. 

As it is my sincere wish that you will cause this 
to be published, for the benefit of those who are 
suffering with this horrible habit, I will state that 
I have been a slave to the habit of using Morphine 
for six of the longest years I ever experienced. 
The last year or two I have taken from eight to 
ten and twelve grains of Morphine per day, enough 
to destroy life in the same number of persons. If 
I omitted taking Morphine one day, I would be- 
come completely prostrated and nerveless, would 
have a flushing and burning sensation one moment, 
and be completely chilled the next ; there are no 
words in the English language suitable to express 
the feeling to one not in the Habit, or what I have 
had to endure when I tried to abstain from^caking 
th* drug. During the last three or four years I 



14 THE OPIUM HABIT. 

bave consulted several physicians of extensive 
practice, and have tried many Nervines, l?o ca 
and Stimulants that I thought would benefit rne, 
but found nothing that would even answer as a 
substitute, much less a cure, until I tried Dr. 
Collins' treatment. 

I had tried so many different remedies and 
failed, that I had become completely discouraged, 
and had given up in despair, thinking there was 
no cure for this accursed Habit. I had not a par- 
ticle of faith in any remedy. But thanks to Dr. 
Collins, he has discovered a Cure, and it may be 
justly considered the most wonderful discovery of 
this or any other age, for he is the only doctor up 
to the present time I have heard of who has dis- 
covered a cure for any person who has become 
confirmed in the Opium Habit. It will take eight 
months to entirely eradicate the effects of the 
Morphine from my system and restore my health ; 
but I have felt enough better, by using his medi- 
cine one week, to amply repay me what he charges 
if it was nothing but a substitute. I will further 
state that I never saw Dr. Collins ur.tii I went to 
LaPorte to be examined for this Habit, but what 
I did see and hear of him leads me to consider 
him a straightforward, conscientious, honest man 
and am confident he will do a3! that he 
to do in his advertisement. 

Josiph C. Darrow 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 15 

EOPE FOR THE SLAVE 

Adrian, Mich., July 4, 1869. 
jSditors Laporte Arous : For over six years 
I was a slave to the Habit of using Morphine, 
with not a ray of hope of ever being emancipated, 
until I commenced using Dr. Saml. B. Collins* 
wonderful discovery for the Opium Habit. I have 
been under his treatment eleven weeks, have not 
used a particle of Morphia since I commenced 
taking his medicine, and have been able to work 
most of the time. I have visited him twice in the 
eleven weeks, and conversed with those he has 
cured, (and those who are being cured,) and found 
them all highly pleased, and perfectly satisfied 
that the Doctor has done, and will do, all that he 
advertises to do. I sincerely hope all those who 
are addicted to this soul-destroying Habit will 
avail themselves of this, their only hope, and try 
his wonderful Remedy which is destined to astonish 
the whole medical faculty — in fact, the whole 
world. Patients, in most cases, by following his 
directions strictly can be cured at their homes, 
without visiting the Doctor, as he can send medi- 
cines by express. 

Joseph C. Darrow. 



CURED 

Joseph C. Darrow, formerly of Adrian, Lena- 
wee Co., Michigan, now of LaPorte, LaPorte Co., 
Ind., ddposeth- and eaith : " That he is thirty-five 



10 THE OPIUM HABIT. 

years of age — that previous to April 18, 1869, 
he had been addicted to and confirmed in the Habit 
of using Morphine for six years. That on the 
18th day of April he commenced taking the Rem- 
edy lately discovered, and prescribed by Dr. S. B. 
Collins, of LaPorte — that he commenced taking 
the Remedy according to directions, until the 15th 
of November following, when he was pronounced 
cured. That since Nov. 15th he has had Mor- 
phine at his command, with no necessity or desire 
to use it, or anv substitute therefor ; that he feels 
entirely cured of the Habit, with good appetite, 
sleeps well, and his health is improving daily. 

Joseph C. Darrow. 
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 27th 
day of Nov., A. D. 1869. 

Harvey Brown, Justice of the Peace 

LaPorte, Ind., July 30, 1869. 

Dr. Collins — Dear Sir: 1 noticed a letter 
from A. P. Andrew, Jr., of this city, in one of 
your weekly newspapers in regard to Opium Eat- 
ing, and being addicted to the Habit I was induced 
to try the medicine prescribed by you. 

I will state that for the last eighteen years ] 
have been constantly in the use of Opium in dif- 
ferent forms, and for the last two years I have 
used two and a half drachms of Morphine per 
week. 

I commenced taking your medicine the 8d of 



THT? OPIUM HABIT. IT 

May, 1869, and up to this date, I have had no de- 
sire to use Opium in any form. Since I began 
taking your medicine I have not suffered any pain, 
and my general health has improved, sleep well, 
and have a good appetite. Before taking the 
above medicine, I had applied to different mem- 
bers of the Medical Faculty, and tried all the 
antidotes I could find in medical works, all of 
which did me no good. 

Since I have been taking the medicine I have 
seen a number of persons whom you have cured, 

and others who are being cured. 

* * * * 

THE OPIUM HABIT 

Oregon, Holt Co., Mo., Nov. 10, 1869. 

Editor Chicago Journal — Sir: I desire to 
publish to the world my observations in one case, 
wherein a person who has been addicted to Opium 
Eating has been cured of the Habit, without any 
suffering whatever. On the contrary, the patient 
has assured me repeatedly that from the first day 
that he abandoned the use of Opium and began to 
use the Remedy, he has been in better health and 
spirits than he ever was during the time of using 
the Opium. 

During the last four years he has used from two 
to four drachms of Morphine per week. From 
two hundred pounds weight he fell to one hundred 
and fifty pounds ; for five years he had not a nat- 



18 THS OPIUM HABIT. 

urat operation of the bowels, and it required enor- 
mous quantities of physic to have any effect. His 
color was that of a dead person, his eyes glassy 
and sleepy. In short, Opium Eater was branded 
on his countenance as plainly as it ever was on 
that of any one. He could not fix his attention 
five minutes on a book, without going to sleep. 
He was rapidly advancing to the last stage of 
Opium Eating. Frequently he tried to reduce 
the dose, but the less the dose the more stupid he 
became, and the more obstinate the constipation of 
the bowels. When the doses became considerably 
reduced, he had not energy enough to do business. 
He had no appetite for food, save at breakfast, 
just after his morning's dose of from fifteen to 
twenty grains of Morphine. 

Hearing that Dr. Saml. B. Collins of LaPorte, 
Ind., had discovered a Remedy for the Habit, by 
which he professed to effect a complete cure with- 
out any pain or suffering whatever, and having 
satisfied myself by inquiries that several persons 
had been cured, I advised him to try it. 

I should have stated that he had several times 
tried to relinquish the Habit, but endured such 
awful agony at each attempt, that it was more 
than human nature could persist in. He seemed 
to have no confidence in any remedy, but was 
finally prevailed on to try this one. He 3aid that 
if he felt the least pain or inconvenience, he would 
resume ^the use of Morphine, for that he would 
prefer to die at once than to e^ ^ure in any degree 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 1« 

the torments of an abandonment of the habit. A 
bottle of the medicine was procured, the regular 
dose of Morphine was omicted, until he began to 
suffer from the want of it, and one dose of the 
Remedy was tried. In two minutes he exclaimed: 
" That medicine has hit the very spot ; I believe 
in it." 

Two days afterward, he met me, and said to 
me : "I have found a cure at last ; I have not 
touched Opium in any shape for three days. I 
inquired if he felt sure that there was no Opium 
in the Remedy. " Look at me and see," he ex- 
claimed. On inspection, I found that his color 
was much improved, his eyes had a natural expres- 
sion. This was nearly three months ago. All the 
marks of Opium Eating have disappeared from his 
countenance. The organs of the body all perform 
their natural functions. From the very first day 
that he tried the Remedy he has pursued his daily 
business ; light has returned to his eye, and color 
to hi3 cheek. 

The case has been under my observation daily 
from the beginning, and I am satisfied that the 
Remedy does just what is claimed for it, viz ; 
— " cure3 the Opium Habit without the slightest 
pain or inconvenience." 

That heretofore there has been no hope for the 
Opium Eaters, that their sufferings consequent on 
an abandonment of the drug " are unparalleled in 
the universe," all who have witnessed, must admit. 
Hence, I consider this one of the greatest discov- 



20 THE OPIUM HABIT. 

cries in our century. As it is but little known, I 
should liko tv> assist in spreading abroad a knowl- 
edge of the fact that such a Remedy has been 
found. I have onlv its effects in this one case, 
yet from its operation, and the peculiar character 
of the case, I feel confident it will operate as a 
cure of the Habit in all. 

If my confidence is well-founded, then, indeed > 
we have a triumphant answer to the question so 
triumphantly argued by Dr. Ludlow, in a last 
year's nuuiber of Harper's Magazine, " What 
Shall They Do to Be Saved ? " It will afford me 
pleasure to assist in giving information to any who 
may inquire. Respectfully, 

Matthew Saville, M. D. 



THE OPIUM HABIT CFKED. 

COMMUNICATION FROM W. W. CULVER. 

In this unparalelled age of reform has already 
been greater and more important discoveries to 
benefit and ameliorate the condition and wants of 
humanity than in all recorded previous time. To 
one especial instance I beg to advert. It is the 
remedy of Dr. S. B. Collins, of La Porte, Indiana, 
for the Opium Habit. 

I should be dealing unkindly with my sym- 
pathetic nature to forego an opportunity to make 
public-my testimony as- an actual expert or demon- 
strator of the infallible efficacy of Dr. CollnV 
treatment for the expulsion of the destruct'vt 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 21 

habit of Opium Eating, and the use of the drug in 
any known form. If there lives a person who has 
suffered what I have from the use of Opium, who 
could feel indifferent to the misery of others under 
like suffering, or who would be slow to sound a 
timely note of alarm to the uninitiated, or point 
a means of salvation for the already enslaved 
victim, I can think of no punishment better 
adapted to such an one than to subject him again 
to the afflictions of the habit. 

Almost twenty years ago I was addicted to the 
daily use of Opium, and, but for the timely intel- 
ligence of the discovered remedy of Dr. Collins, 
should this day still be an Opium Eater, or have 
sought release from the enthrallment by voluntary 
suicide. Dr. Collins is the only man known in 
the history of the world who ever obtained a 
victory over the terrible enslavement of Opium. 
Under no other treatment was a patient ever cured 
of the habit without enduring suffering which 
not one organization in a hundred could endure 
unimpaired, if at all, and never one who would 
pass through the ordeal a second time for the 
wealth of the world. 

I speak with the authority of experience in this 
matter, having made it a subject of demonstration ; 
and yet I can conceive of no one capable of being 
less credulous in relation to the discovery of an 
antidote for the habit than I was when the faot 
was first announced by advertisement in a publio 



22 THE OPIUM HABIT. 

journal; for I had been using every expedient 
against the habit on which I could predicate a 
rational hope of success, and expended time and 
money at several expensive infirmaries, claiming 
to treat successfully the habit, and been baffled in 
every undertaking for relief. I examiued all the 
published authorities on the subject, but found 
nowhere anything to encourage my hopes, but, on 
the contrary, ascertained to my satisfaction that 
there had never been a cure effected greater than 
one in a hundred could endure and live. 

Having received such evidence from the Doc- 
tor's patients as no one worthy of cure could 
doubt, in the month of December, 1869, I left a 
comfortable home and traveled over five hundred 
miles to visit the Doctor, then beginning to be 
esteemed as my prospective savior. On the 21st 
of the month I had satisfied myself of the genu- 
ineness of the Doctor's practice. In the office he 
occupied I took the first dose of the antidote, 
from which time to the present I have used in no 
form one particle of Opium, nor have I felt a 
desire for it, nor any actual suffering from its dis- 
use, and nothing more than a transient uneasiness 
once or twice. 

It is now four months and four days since I 
abandoned the habit, and I truly aver that during 
the time I have felt decidedly better than while 
indulging the habit. I should already have dis- 
continued the use of the Antidote, but that the 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 23 

Doctor advised me to continue its use a few weeks. 
I feel no desire or use for either Opium or the 
Antidote at this time, and consider myself cured. 
1 teem to be transported into a new and more 
delightful sphere of existence than I have known 
for a series of past years. I find beauties, endear- 
ments and enjoyments, where, under the abnor- 
malities I was suffering, I saw nothing to cheer 
my despondency. The elements that surround 
me all impart a new inspiration and present a 
changed aspect. I am stimulated into the exercise 
of a new ambition, and, finally, " old things seem 
passed away, and all things are become new." 

In consideration of the fact that during the last 
two centuries the medical faculty have exhausted 
their skill in the search for a remedy for the hor- 
rible suffering from the Opium habit, without 
pretense of success, I may well allude to the 
discovery of Dr. C. as standing pre-eminent among 
modern discoveries in the field of therapeuties and 
materia medica. 

While at La Porte to visit the doctor, I saw 
there, one of his first patients, who had been cured 
for nearly a year, whose experience, as related in 
detail, was identical with that attending my own. 
The medicine is a liquid decoction, and not 
nauseous or much unpleasant to use — not more so 
than Opium or Morphine — and can be conveniently 
forwarded, by express or otherwise. 

If the foregoing details of Opium Cure induce 



24 THE OPIUM HABIT. 

any unhappy victim to seek relief by the easy pro- 
cess of regeneration I am now enjoying, or should 
the uninitiated be put on their guard against the 
insidious seductions by which the habit is formed, 
I will have received a satisfactory requital for my 
pains. 

W. W. Culver, 

Bluff Point, Yates' Co., N. Y. 
April 25, 1870. 

o 

D. CHAPMAN, & CO., 

Forwarding and Com., 

Foot Wabash Ave., 

Chicago, June 26, 1870. 
Dr. S. B. Collins — Dear Sir: I feel that T 
owe you an obligation which I shall never be able 
to pay, and therefore take this course to acknowl- 
edge it. One year ago the 24th day of April, I 
put myself under your treatment for the habit of 
using Morphine, which I had used constantly for 
fourteen years and was a perfect slave to the ter- 
rible habit and supposed I always would be as I 
could get no relief from the best physicians ; but 
from the very first dose I took of your Medicine I 
had no desire for Morphine, nor did I suffer half 
as much as I did for the want of Morphine when 
I was taking that habitually. I never lost a day 
at my business, and my health was good all the 
time I wae under your treatment, which was up 
to about the first of December, last, when I left 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 25 

off taking anything and am now all right and 
take no more Morphine. If you wish to use my 
name as a reference you are welcome to do so and 
I will be glad to tell any that may come my ex- 
perience as a Morphine Eater, for I believe I can 
sympathize with any one that is so unfortunate as 
to have such a habit. 
Yours truly, 

D. Chapman. 
o 

TO OPIUM EATERS, 

EXPERIENCE OF ONE ADDICTED TO THE HABIT. 

St. James, Mo., Jan. 20, 1870. 

Editors Herald: Will you please, for 
humanity's sake, give this letter one insertion in 
your valuable and widely-circulated paper ? 

I have been a practicing physician in the city 
of St. Joseph for near twenty-three years, during 
which time I have done a very large practice, and 
I would say, (not flattering myself,) have some 
reputation as a physician in Northwest Missouri. 
About four years ago, I fell into the unfortunate 
habit of taking Opium. After using the drug that 
length of time, (four years), it began to tell on my 
health considerably. I would at one time have 
given thousands of worlds to have got rid of the 
miserable habit. I tried some half a dozen times 
to break off the habit, but failed in every instance, 
so I had pretty much given up all hopes of 
recovery. 

About this time, December 16th, 1869, I 



26 THE OPIUM HAl'. IT. 

learned, through my friend Gen. Bassctt, of this 
city, that there was a physician in La Porte, J ml., 
Dr. S. B. Collins, who put up a Substitute for the 
Opium Habit, and like a drowning mau catching 
at a straw, I resolved to try the remedy at once ; 
and I do declare, before God and man, that from 
the first dose of the Remedy, I have not had the 
least disposition or desire to take Opium in any 
form whatever, nor did I suffer any of those in- 
describable, horrid, melancholy feelings which an 
'Opium Eater experiences after stopping the use of 
the drug. I have now been using the Remedy six 
weeks. When I first commenced the use of it, I 
was under the necessity of taking from five to six 
teaspoonfuls a day ; now I only require one tea- 
spoonful in the twenty-four hours, just before 
going to bed, and I have no doubt that in two or 
three weeks more I can dispense with the Remedy 
altogether. I look upon it as one of the most 
remarkable discoveries of the age, and the great- 
est boon that God ever gave to the unfortunate 
Opium Eater. If there are any Opium Eaters in 
this city or its vicinity, {and I doubt not but 
there are a few,) if they will call at my office, I 
will take pleasure in telling them all I know 
about this wonderful Remedy, and how promptly 
it has acted in my case. 

I would here most positively state aud affirm 
that I have no interest, pecuniarily, in this Medi- 
cine, never having seen Dr. Collins in piy life. 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 27 

The reason, and the only reason in writing this 
letter is, that it may be the means of saving some 
poor unfortunate person who has become a slave 
to the accursed thralldom of the Opium Habit. I 
would to God that all the newspapers in the city, 
yea, in the United States, would publish and copy 
this letter, if it would thereby be the means oi 
saving one poor unfortunate person from the 
miserable and unfortunate habit of Opium Eating. 
Jno. B. Howard, M. D. 

4 , T 

P. S. — It might be proper to state that when J. 
began the use of the drug, I weighed 220 pounds ; 
during the use of the drug I lost about forty 
pounds in weight, but now, thank God, I am 
gaining rapidly in health, strength, and flesh. 
My appetite is good, my digestion is perfect, and 
I rest well of nights. J. B. H. 

A few months later a letter was received from 
Dr. Howard, stating that he was completely and 
permanently cured, but the letter has been mis- 
laid, and caunot be found. 

o 

[Fbom the Lowell (Mass.) Coubier.] 
TO OPIUM EATERS. 
In this paper can be found Dr. S. B. Collins 5 
circular, addressed to all that are or have been in 
the habit of using Opium in any of its different 
forms. All that is stated by those that have been 
cured and that are being treated by Dr. Collins, 
and more particularly what his patients say of his 



28 THE OPIUM HABIT. 

Antidote, I know from experience to be true. I 
would say that for more than six years, prior to 
July 17th last, I had been a slave to the constant 
use of Morphine — I had increased its use from 
ene-fourth of a grain to ten and twelve grains per 
day. Language would fail me were I to attempt 
to describe the misery and agony that I experi- 
enced for the last two years, and more especially 
for the last six or eight months, prior to the date 
indicated. I had sought advice and cure from 
the best and most eminent physician's in the 
country, an antidote I plead for, from them all, 
but plead in vain. I then sought consolation in 
books that gave the experience of Opium Eaters, 
De Quincy and Coleridge in particular ; in fact 
every book that I could find, that gave the experi- 
ence of Opium, Morphine, Laudanum, Elixirs, 
etc. ; but the more I read the more miserable J 
became, as I found that none of the authors had 
been cured or enabled to give up their favorite 
drug. By mere accident I heard that Dr. Collins 
had discovered an Antidote. I wrote to him, and 
several prominent men and officials of the town, 
(in which the Dr. lived), from whom I learned 
that he was a man of integrity in every sense of 
the word, and that his Discovery or Antidote had 
performed several remarkable cures. I sent $25.00 
to the Doctor, with a request that he would send 
me its value in his Antidote, which I received July 
17th last. I did not feel much confidence in it, 



THB OPIUM HABIT. 29 

but to my surprise, from the first tea-spoonful I 
took of it, I was relieved from the indescribable, 
horrible, terrible agony that Opium Eaters know 
eo well, but cannot describe, and have not tasted 
nor craved Opium in any of its different forms 
since. I have not lost a meal nor an hour's sleep 
since by reason of leaving off the drug. My 
general health has improved, my appetite is better, 
and in fact I almost feel myself in a new world. 
I never knew or heard of anything so very 
wonderful in its beneficial effects, and cannot say 
enough in its favor. To all who have been so 
unfortunate as to have contracted the use of 
Opium in any form, I would say lose not a day, 
but send to Dr. Collins and give him your age, 
the length of time you have used it, and the 
quantity you take per week or day, and get his 
Compound; and just as sure as you follow his 
directions, (which are very simple), just so sure will 
you be cured, and bless the day you first heard 
that there was an Antidote for the alluring drug. 
* * * * Henry Read. 

Lowell, Mass., Nov., '69. 



30 



Mr. Fit*; Hugh Ludlow, New York, 

Sir : — I beg leave herewith to submit to your 
kindly notice this little Pamphlet of mine, con- 
taining, as you will see, your own Correspondence, 
and a few extracts from the many letters of Mr. 
Henry Read, bearing upon the subject of my 
Discovery for the Cure of the Opium Habit. 

As these letters — your own as well as Mr. 
Read's — were private letters — that is, not written 
with a view to their 'publication — my thus giving 
them this wide publicity, requires, perhaps, an 
explanation from me. 

Personally, no man could invest a private letter 
with a greater degree of sacredness than do I — 
and while I most firmly insist that my rig litis in 
this matter of the Opium Cure have been utterly 
disregarded; while the honor of my discovery 
has not been given to whom it is due; while I 
have been wronged by design out of that of which 
every laborer is worthy ; and while in self drfev.se 
I have been driven to this dernier resort, I have 
not, I assure you, listened so much to those per- 
sonal promptings of pride and of self interest, a* 
I have to what I firmly believe to be the voice of 
an imperative duty which I oive to Humanity 

Separated widely as we may be, you and I, Sir, 
still hold in common a love for the human race; 



FITZ HUGH IXTDUOW, 81 

my heart as well a9 your own goe9 out toward the 
suffering and the weak : we still hold in common 
a veneration for the right. 

Our common love for suffering humanity was 
the ground upon which we met — I am sure we 
shall never part because either fails in his venera- 
tion for, or his championship of the right. 

Your own letters — Mr. Read's letters — and the 
facts in the case are before you, and I am sure 
you will see the great wrong that has been done. 

Your article in Harper admits of but one inter- 
pretation — that you had accomplished, in the dis- 
covery of an Antidote for Opium, the life-long 
object of your search. The article, viewed, how- 
ever, in the light thrown upon it by your letters, 
shows a capability of a much different rendering. 

The specific discovery to which you referred, or 
promised to refer, was so carefully concealed that 

your " NOBLE HEARTED AND PHILANTHROPIC 

friend, Mr. Henry Read, of Lowell, Massa- 
chusetts," to whom in your article you gave such 
prominence, availed himself of his opportunity to 
turn an honest penny by representino the article to 
have been written in behalf of a supposed Antidote 
discovered by a man by the name of Stillman. 
The wrong which might thus have been done 
to thousands of Opium Eaters who rely upon 
the conscientiousness of your opinion is incalcu- 
lable. 



33 FITZ HUGH LUKLOW. 

Either all this was pursuant to nn understand- 
between youself and your "agent/' Mr. Read — 
which I cannot believe — or Mr. Read in endanger- 
ing the reputation of his friend, has assumed a 
tremendous responsibility for which he should be ■ 
made to answer. 

As between you and him, however, I have 
nothing to do — my only object being to thus 
briefly lay the matter before you, not doubting 
that your sense of justice will dictate to you the 
proper course to be pursued. 

I am, Sir, respectfully, 

Samuel B. Colliits. 

18 West 14th St., New York, 1 
Nov. 25, 1869. / 

Dr. S. B. Collins — Dear Sir : It is possible 
(hat you may know me b\ r name and have read 
some of my published writings upon the subject 
of the Opium Habit — perhaps have even read the 
book of that name published by the Messrs. Har- 
pers, in which you will then have had a good 
chance to become acquainted with me. I will 
only here say that I have for many years made 
this most painful subject a specialty both of study 
and treatment — have had, perhaps, a larger circle 
of acqaintance with Opium Eaters than any one 
else in this country, and have been so happy as to 
cure a considerable number of the worst cases ou 
record 



FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 33 

None of these cases have, however, I frankly 
acknowledge, been effected without severe and 
long protracted suffering — although I have been 
enabled to mitigate the horrors of the trial by the 
bringing to bear of every faculty upon the judi- 
cious selection of palliatives, to an extent which 
made the agony far less than without my aid it 
would have been. 

But I have all my life been seeking in vain for 
some remedy which would act as a substitute and 
bring the patient out painlessly. Last spring I 
was almost ready to give the search up in despair 
— when two of my large circle of Opium corres- 
pondents wrote me within a few weeks of each 
other that you had succeeded in making the dis- 
covery — at least that your circulars positively 
announced the fact, and that several persons who 
had had recourse to you had found your assertion 
remarkably corroborated by their experience. 

I can assure you that my heart leapt for joy at 
the bare possibility of such a thing. I own I 
should have been glad to have discovered for my- 
self an agent, which, if it does all that you claim 
for it is one of the grandest — most beneficent — most 
glorious discoveries ever made in medicine — but God 
knows that my pity for the terrible sufferings I 
have seen is such that all professional pride utterly 
sinks out of sight, and I would most gratefully to 
both God and the discoverer come to learn of any 
one who could confer such an inestimable boon as 
your remedy purports to be. 



34 FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 

If it does all that I understand to be claimed 
for it, and is itself no form of extract from the 
accursed poppy — then you have a right to the 
thankful praise — the respect — the honorable tributes 
of every man who loves his race: — you have made a 
discovery, not one whit exceeded in importance by 
Jenner's discovery of vaccination — one which will 
quite as justly entitle you to applause, living, and 
monuments uhen dead. 

Out of a sincere heart I say this — high praise as 
it may seem — for the suffering from Opium, in 
un -numbered cases, I have seen to be greater than 
that of any other disease or physical torture 
whatever. 

A few weeks ago, one of your patients (who cor- 
responded with me for the first time after lie had 
taken your Remedy), sent me a 2 oz. phial — 
knowing from my writings that I should feel the 
truest interest in trying the effect upon Opium 
Eaters. I happened to have one case in particu- 
lar just then under my charge, which seemed 
sometimes almost hopeless from the complication 
of other difficulties with the Habit of Opium, and 
I used the small portion of your Remedy which 
had been sent me, on that case aloie — beginning 
with very small doses, and at several day's inter- 
val apart, and not attempting to cut off the 
patient's Opium, altogether, becau e I knew I had 
only enough of your tincture for a very short and 
incomplete experiment 



FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 35 

My experience of it however, as far as it went, 
snowed me that it possessed some quite remark- 
able powers. I was able, by its aid greatly to 
diminish the doses of Morphine and increased the 
interval between them — and although I had no 
opportunity to judge whether it would enable me 
to out off the Opium altogether, I still saw enough 
to make me think that possible, and to»give me a 
desire to make the trial on some case like his. 

I accordingly resolved to write you and make 
the following proposition, viz: that you supply 
me with enough of your discovery to make the 
complete experiment in one case — and if I find it 
result as my correspondents have said, I will not 
only give you my personal thanks, but put you in 
the immediate receipt of many hundred dollars 
custom. 

A- I have already said, I am in constant receipt 
of a larger number of appeals for help from Opium 
Eaters than any other man in this country — and 
have a desk-full of applications now which I 
could hand over to you and which would most 
gratefully be answered by your Remedy — had I 
once a chance of satisfying myself of its exact 
value. Moreover, my position is such in connec- 
tion with the press and the Medical Profession, 
that I possess facilities for making you and your 
Remedy widely known — such as no other man in 
the country has. I can make it most immensely 
for your interest to co-operate with me, if. after 



36 FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 

the experiment we are convinced that it is for our 
common good and that of suffering humanity. 

At present, I will not go into further details, 
but will only add that should you need to learn 
of me further, you can write to Mr. Clarke Irvine, 
Oregon, Holt Co., Mo., and if you have not got it 
I will cheerfully send you the " Opium Habit " 
book. * 

My only desire is to save Opium Eaters — 
pecuniary advantage is a most subsidiary consider- 
ation — but if there is money to be made ont of 
this Remedy at all, it is but right that you should 
make it. I hope you will be able to patent your 
secret, so that you may disclose it to the scientific 
world without pecuniary loss, for if the Remedy 
does what is claimed for it, it would be one of the 
greatest of human calamities to have its mode of 
preparation die with its discoverer. Oblige me 
by an early answer, and if you think well of ray 
proposition, express as much of the Remedy as 
may suffice for the experiment. My direction is 
"fritz Hugh Ludlow, 18 West 14th Street, New 
York." 

I am yours, truly, 
(Signed) F. H. Ludlow. 



18 West 14th St., N. Y., Jan. 23, 1870. 
Dr. S. B. Collins — Dear Sir: I regret your 
inability to supply me with the means for making 
such a test of your remedy as would alone justify 



FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 37 

any conscientious man of any scientific standing 
in recommending it. You must see, of course, 
that if such a man has achieved any position 
where his good word could be of any value to 
you, that position would be seriously imperilled 
by his advising patients to take a remedy of which 
he himself had no practical knowledge. 

Any person who will consent to recommend a 
remedy blindfold — simply on agreement that he 
is to receive a percentage for every customer fur- 
nished — must necessarily be a person whose opin- 
ion is of no consequence one way or the other. I 
know a number of practioners who would gladly 
make an arrangement to procure takers for any 
compound that could be invented, provided only 
that they were well paid for the use of their 
names — but I could not advise anybody to invest 
very largely in their names who was seeking a 
profitable speculation. 

So I think it will be universally found — the 
man whose influence is weighty and extended, and 
whose praise really means something when he 
gives it, is a man who never expresses an opinion 
where he has not the most ample grounds for it, 
and who by years of fidelity to scientific tests has 
earned the reputation of truthfulness, caution, 
mathematical exactness, experience and skill. So 
far at least as conscientiousness and wide acquaint- 
ance with the subject can make it, my reputation 
is such an one as this. Whatever good my recom- 
mendation and influence would do your remedy, 



38 FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 

I have earned the ability to do for it by conscien- 
tiously devoting a large portion of my life to the 
study of the Opium Eater's unhappy condition, 
and the attempt, to discover by what means I could 
best help or save him — this, not primarily with a 
view to my own aggrandizement, but because my 
pity and sympathy for the most agonizing suffer- 
ings which humanity is ever called to bear would 
not let me rest. 

If any one values my opinion it is because I 
have tried to bring to this work all the resources 
of science, all the ingenuity, all the patience 
which I possessed — so that when I speak, people 
will be sure at least that my conclusions are not 
vitiated by any self interest, but are stated as 
honestly as if I were advising a brother or a 
sister, or prescribing for my own case. 

Understand me, I do not pretend to deny that 
the laborer is worthy of his hire — do not mean 
to say that people who are able ought not to pay 
and pay handsomely in proportion to their means, 
for such a salvation as would be comprehended 
in their rescue from the hell of Opium — more 
especially when that rescue is painless as yours 
professes to be. 

I think no amount of money can begin to repay 
the man whose labors have discovered such a sal- 
vation as that. I only hope that sometime you 
will see your way clear to putting it in the power 
of every one to avail himself of that salvation — 
as you would be able to do if you got a Patent, 



FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 39 

and could sell rights everywhere. What a fright- 
ful loss to suffering humanity it would be if such 
a secret should die with you ! It seems to me 
that I should have to come back from another 
world to declare it, before I could rest. Of course 
you know the universal unwillingness among 
physicians to use any medicine which is kept a 
secret from the profession. I, however, would 
gladly stretch a point — so deep is my desire that 
the awful sufferings of the many thousands of 
Opium Eaters should be relieved — and not de- 
mand to know your formula for preparing the 
compound, nor any of its elements — if I could 
only have the chance jf seeing a patient go 
through with the trial, I, myself, administering 
the remedy according to your directions. 

Many scientific men would blame me for doing 
this — but I have no dearer object than the relief 
of human suffering, and if I find that a given 
thing does relieve it without bringing worse evils 
in its own train, I will not refuse to use it until 
I can understand its modus operandi. 

So, if I by using your medicine, following your 
directions strictly, and seeing the result come out 
satisfactorily under my own conscientious observa- 
tion can ascertain that this medicine will effectually 
cure the Opium Habit, I will gladly set people 
taking it without waiting to find out. its composi- 
tion. Nor need you fear that I would be a pre- 
judiced judge. If you have discovered that most 



40 rrrz hugh ludlovt 

wonderful thing, a painless, even a comparatively 
painless Opium Cure, I am as glad of it — I wel- 
come it as cordially as if I had discovered it 
myself. 

My prejudices are all in its favor — I could 
never judge it severely — I shall be only too 
anxious to find it thoroughly fulfil all its promises, 
will help it in every way, and feel no discourage- 
ment nor alarm if any symptoms new to practice, 
should arise during the process of cure. I know 
that giving up Opium, involves a most tremendous, 
upturning, overhauling, reconstruction of the con- 
stitution, and am familiar, through countless cases 
with the appearance of symptoms which any one 
inexperienced would have thought fatal, and 
which would have made them at once desist from 
the effort to save the patient from his hell. 

If, therefore, I have a chance to give your 
remedy a trial, you may be sure that it can not be 
submitted to any judge fairer toward it — or rather, 
I should say, more prejudiced in its favor, for I 
am ready to hail, with open arms, and give the 
full weight of my influence to anything whatever, 
that my own eyes have once beheld fulfil the 
simple requisition of bringing the Opium Eater 
out, with little or no pain. 

As I told you in my last letter, I am in almost 
daily receipt of letters from Opium Eaters cry- 
ing for help — people ready to give all they possess 
for salvation. People are constantly coming to 



FTTZ HUGS tttDLOW. 41 

see me — like the letters, some of them from 
remote parts of the country — ready to do anything 
if only they can get out of their hell, without 
suffering so much as to lose life or reason. If I 
can have your Remedy to try upon a single case — 
so it can be wholly under my own eyes, yet treated, 
as to the medicine, according to your directions 
for its use, and that one case has at all a successful 
issue — I will instantly see that all the others use 
it, if you are able to supply it fast enough. I 
could, this very hour, put you in the way of dis* 
posing of thousands of dollars worth of your 
Remedy, if you had already given me the fair 
opportunity I ask. 

Nobody, I can safely say, could more instantly 
make your Remedy universal in its demand* I 
have, as it were, the country full (represented by 
my desk-full) of customers for you. The work of 
years is done for you already, if you entrust your 
Remedy to my hands for. a single case. Moreover, 
if the experiment proves satisfactory, I possess 
the power by using my pen in any dozen of the 
many organs of public information open to me, as 
a literary man no less thau a scientific one, to 
make your Remedy known and clamored for, 
from every corner of this country, and eventually 
of the civilized world. 

Nothing of this is boasting, but the simple 
statement of facts which are necessary to be under- 
stood between us, for I am seeking not my own 



42 FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 

aggrandizement but the welfare of sufferers, for 
whom my whole heart has been interested for 
years. That those who can afford to pay for help 
ought to do so — that I expect them to do so — that 
it is better, both for the benefactor and benefited, 
that they should do so is beyond question, and 
whenever you conclude to put the matter in such 
a shape that we can talk of business, I shall be 
ready to do so — and you will find me as fair in 
making arrangements, as I am in seeking the 
necessarily previous experiment now. My view 
of the best way for us to co-operate (should we 
arrive at that purpose) is not yet fully formed, but 
I have thought that perhaps the best way to 
enable both of us to be useful to each other and 
humanity, might be this, viz : that 1 should secure 
the means for the establishment of a labratory 
here in New York, large enough to supply the 
demand, of the whole country, and that you, if you 
are willing, should come on here and take the 
entire charge of the manufacture of the Remedy: — 
1 undertaking to manage the entire work of 
creating the demand for it — making it known 
through all the journals and magazines open to 
me, and, if necessary, publishing a supplement to 
" The Opium Habit " — a smaller book, to sell at 
about cost price, and for gratuitous distribution 
among the most influential practitioners and heads 
of sanitary institutions — devoted entirely to the 
enlightenment of the public upon this wonderful 
new means of cure. 



FXTZ HT7GH LTTDI/3W. 43 

New York is and always must be the business 
centre, and from iicre, accordingly, can better be 
managed the vast system of correspondence and 
manufacture and shipment, which would be im- 
mediately demanded by so thorough an adver- 
tising of the Medicine as I propose. If you are 
not absolutely fastened to La Porte, your removal 
to New York would be, in a business point of 
view invaluable to you, and could easily be pro- 
vided for. 

Moreover, your Having entire charge of the 
labratory would keep your secret, if that continues 
to be an object with you, in your own hands, 
while the Remedy was still undergoing the widest 
advertisement — a thing which would be very diffi- 
cult after it became widely advertised, unless you 
limited the amount of your manufacture. And 
that last would be sure to cause a prejudice against 
it. Here, you could manufacture enough to sup- 
ply all demands and have unequalled facilities for 
shipping without entrusting the manufacture to 
subordinate hands, at minor centres, all over the 
country. I am not, however, so wedded to this 
plan that I do more than throw it out for your 
reflection. 

Finally, then, to come to the point that is essen- 
tial : In your answer to my former note, you say 
that at that date you had not the facilities for 
making the Medicine fast enough to supply the 
customers you already had, but thai before long 



44 CTTZ HUGH LUDLOW. 

you hoped to be able to send me the first bottle of 
the series requisite for the experiment I proposed. 
In a letter from Mr. Darrow, to another gentleman 
who forwarded it to me — Mr. D. says that you 
told him you had heard from me and that you 
were going to send me a package. I have not 
received any such as yet — but one or two other 
gentlemen who have been Opium Eaters and need 
your Remedy, write so earnestly, begging that I 
•would co-operate with you in making known 
what they regard a great blessing, that I am will- 
ing to waive all ceremony and again propose that 
you should enable me try your Remedy. I shall 
be very much pleased if it be within your power 
to send me the Medicine at this time. I have one 
patient who haa used Morphine for several years, 
and though not an extreme case, is still from the 
lack of any unfavorable complication a good one 
to try the Remedy on. I am all the more willing 
to make the trial with her, because you will have 
a guarantee that I ask you to furnish your Medi- 
cine from no motives of pecuniary selfishness, in 
the fact that she is in very straightened circum- 
stances, and I shall not charge her for either 
Medicine or services a single cent. Her case has 
deeply won my sympathies, and in giving me the 
Medicine for her you will only be sharing a 
benevolence with me and not aggrandizing me. 
Indeed I hope that ray friends and I will be able 
to afford her pecuniary aid beyond her cure. 
She is a very refined and well taught woman, 



FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 45 

who needs only to«be saved to herself to make her 
own and an infirm mother's living very comfort 
ably. If you write me on the receipt of this that 
you are willing to furnish the requisite Medicine, 
I aitf ready to begin at once and will forthwith 
forward you a detailed statement of her case which 
will enable you to prepare the successive bottles, 
and will, as I have said, see that the Remedy is 
administered strictly as you say. 

Here is as good an opportunity as we shall 
have to co-operate, and I shall be glad if you will, 
as early as convenient, reply on the subject to 
Yours, very truly, 

(Signed) Fitz Hugh Ludlow, 

18 West Uth Street, New York. 



18 West 14th St., New York, \ 
Jan. 26, 1870. / 

Db. S. B. Collins — Dear Sir: According to 

my last note (though without waiting to receive 

an answer) I herewith state to you the case of the 

patient whom I desire to treat with your remedy. 

(Here follows the statement of the case.) 

* * * I have_always found that the length 

of time during which the patient has been taking 

Opium is a much more important element thau 

the amount he has reached, in the question of cure. 

***** 

I do not know of a case among the hundreds 
1 have seen, in which I would go to work with 



46 FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 

more sanguine feelings in the *se of a Remedy 
which is said to do all yours is, and there is the 
additional motive to select this for an experiment 
in the fact that the poor woman is indeed almost 
utterly destitute, and a most worthy object of 

benevolence in every respect. 

* * * * * 

Hoping to hear from you at an early date, 
I am yours truly, 
(Signed) Fitz Hugh Ludlow. 

No. 18 West 14th St., New York, \ 
Feb. 14, 1870. / 

***** 

But the value of a Remedy which does as yours 
is delared to is in the salvation of the Opium 
Eater without the suffering and the absolute cessa- 
tion from all labor ivhich are necessary with all 
other means and plans of cure. 

I know that I can cure Opium Eaters and 
eradicate the Habit thoroughly, but I frankly 
acknowledge that 1 cannot do it without its creating 
more or less suffering — sometimes even severe suf- 
fering to the patient — and taking him for a con- 
siderable length of time from his avocations. 

* * * I have sought in all our communi- 
cations to deal with the utmost fairness and 
courtesy myself, and I beg that you will not dis- 
appoint me. 

Yours truly, 

(Signed) Fjtz Hugh Ludlow, 



FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 47 

# 18 West 14th St., April 4, 1870. 

* * * I regret to learn that your lungs are 
diseased. If you will describe your difficulty, I 
will, (supposing you care to have tne), do anything 
in my power to advise and help you. Your life is 
now too precious to be lost. I don't wish to appear 
even to preach, but I must say that I think you 
possess the most tremendous responsibility which 
can belong to any man upon the' earth, in being 
the possessor of a Remedy which wisely adminis- 
tered can do so much for the human race. 

***** 

(Signed) Fitz Hugh Ludlow. 

o 

99 Clinton Place, New York, \ 
April 20, 1870. / 

* * * When I have time to tell you my 
proposition (before referred to) you will see that 
I have a better and much cheaper plan for making 
your Remedy widely known, than to put into 
Harper's the advertisement you send — which 
would cost a dollar a line. If you and I agree, 
/ will publish a letter over my own name in Har- 
per's, calling attention to the fact of a wonderful 

discovery for the Opium Cure. 

***** 

(Signed) Fitz Hugh Ludlow. 



99 Cllnton Place, New York, \ 
May 10, 1870. / 

SL B. Collins — Sir: The package of five 



48 FITZ HUGH LUDLOW. 

bottles for which I last wrote, came duly to hand. 
***** 
I am going to take a very important case under 
my direct charge — the cascof a quite distinguished 
and eminent man, whose cure will be the greatest 
of triumphs, and who has used Opium very largely 
for years. I shall probably, as my own health 
needs rest and recreation after my many long 
years of hard work, take a voyage to England 
with him, and stay in London a number of 

weeks. 

***** 

If you will furnish me with all the medieino 
necessary to treat this case — supplying me with a 
sufficient stock of bottles (say 10 or 12) when I 
start, to make sure the case should be interrupted 
by no delays or accidents, at that long distance of 
London from La Porte — I will put into both 
Harper's Weekly and Monthly, over my own name, 
two letters publishing your Discovery and its 
value to the scve"".l millions who read those 
periodicals. In no other way, by paying hun- 
dreds for advertising, even, could you reach so 
many people, or so well. Decide and let me know 
your answer as early as possible. 
Yours, 

(Signed) Fitz Hugh Ludlow. 

99 Clhjton Place, New York, ) 
June 14, 1870. / 

S. B. CoJuLUfS— Sir: Our mutual friend, M>. 



FIT2 HUGH LUDLOW. 40 

Read, has just been paying me a visit and consult- 
ing in regard to some arrangement by which we 
can work together for the benefit of the Remedy 
and the Opium Eaters. 

I have only to say that I have read the prop- 
osition he makes you, over again and again care- 
fbily — and fully approve of it. I stand ready to 
assist him in every way through the press if you 
and he make the arrangement. Whatever he 
says, or may hereafter say, on the subject, I agree 
to. I give notice now, that he represents me in 
every business arrangement with you in my absence. 

I have now put into the Harpers' hands to be 
published in the very first magazine that there is 
room for it in, an article recommending your dis- 
covery, that, every body who lias seen it says is 
one of the finest things I ever wrote. Harper's 
Magazine is always printed over a month ahead — 
so it cannot come out in any shorter time — and I 
rely upon you to believe me, and wait for it, and 
not come down on Mr. Read for any money for 
those 12 bottles until you have given it the proper 
chance and time to be published. If you do come 
clown on him for the money — of course I shall 
at once learn of it by telegraph, and have the 
article cancelled and not published at all. But I 
believe you mean to act square. 

Truly yours, 
(Signed) Fitz Hugh Ludlow. 



50 HENRY READ. 

The following' extracts are taken from letters 
written and signed by Mr. Henry Read, of 
Lowell, Mass. 

While it is true that they are only clippings — 
and disconnected as such extracts must necessarily 
be — the reader is assured that they are verbatim, 
and that in no instance have the extracts been so 
arranged as to change in the slightest, the obvious 
and unmistakable meaning of their author, as the 
original letters now in the possession of the com- 
piler will prove. 

o 

■il!i. READ DISCOURSES CONCERNING HIMSELF. 

(1.) "I have been indorsed by Secretary Bout- 
well, our present Secretary of the U. S. Treasury, 
and several Members of Congress, which, by the 
way, is nothing very favorable to any man, as many 
of the present Members of Congress are, in my 
opinion, rather ' small potatoes,' and would indorse 
anybody for pay — that is, unless they are belied." 

(2.) " I have no ' horn to blow/ nor shall I 
praise myself. But if you care to inquire, you 
can ask the Mayor of our city, the Presidents and 
Cashier's of any or all of our Banks here, and of 
all or any Official, or any prominent man or men 
here." 

(3.) " I can secure the influence of Butler, 
Sumner, Wilson, Dawes, Brooks, Banks, 
Boutwell, and a majority of the Committee of 
Ways and Means, if necessary/' 



HENRY READ. 01 

(4.) " I am your friend, Dr. Collins, and have 
been, ever since the first dose I took of your 
Compound." 

(5.) " For if ever one man tried to help an- 
other, / have tried to help you." 

o 

MS. BEAD DISCOURSES CONCERNING FTTZ HIGH LUDLOW, 
AND PLACES HOI IN A SINGULAR LIGHT. 

(6.) " The fact is, the Doctor don't want it 
known that he and 1 are intending to make a busi- 
ness arrangement with you — which, if made, must 
all be in my name." 

(7.) " But before anything is done or agreed 
npoii, Dr. Ludlow must be away, out of the coun- 
try, and not be known as an interested party at all" 

(8.) " He, {Dr. L.,) thinks that he belter not be 
known as being an interested party, except as a 
Philanthropist." 

(';>.') "If we come to any agreement, it must 
not be known that Dr. L. has any interest in it, 
save that of Humanity." 

(10.) " The fact is, brother Collins, we must 
please and keep sweet Dr. L." 

(11.) "Dr. L. thinks he could be of most ser- 
vice not to be known as a Partner, but to act in 
behalf of the Compound, by recommending it to 
Physicians, upon its merits." 



62 HEJOTY BEAD. 

(12.) Mr. Rend, writing from No. 99 Clinton 
Place, N. Y., — Mr. Ludlow's address — under 
date of June 13th — after making a sort of prop- 
osition to purchase an interest in Dr. Collins' 
Discovery, which proposition he claims to have 
been written by Mr. Ludlow, says in explanation ; 
"and I have copied it, as he don't want to be 
known as being interested, as he can do ten times 
more good not to be known as being interested with 
me, or in any way interested, save as a writer and 
* talker up' of it in the best literary papers." 

ME. READ DISCOURSES CONCERNING THE SECRET. 

(13.) "He, (Dr. Ludlow,) is the only M. D. 
to whom you need to reveal the secret or articles 
from which it (the Antidote), is compounded." 

(14.) " Should you have any trouble in obtain- 
ing a Patent, he, Dr. L., knows how to manage — 
and if a scientific man like he is will indorse it 
the Patent will be granted." 

(15.) "If you have, or arc likely to have any 
trouble in getting a Patent for your Discovery, I 
can, with Dr. Ludlow's influence, help you 
amazingly. I have a brother-in-law and several 
relatives in Congress." 

MR. READ DISCOURSES CONCERNING A PARTNERSHIP. 

(16.) "I would advise you by all means to 
accept of any terms Dr. Ludlow may offer." 



HESTRY HEAD. 53 

(17.) "I do hope that you and Dr. Ludlow 
will arrange so you can receive his influence and 
aid." 

(18.) " I would come on to La Porte, and see 
you, if you are disposed to make an arrangement 
with me and the Doctor that would be advanta- 
geous to us three." 

(19.) "I will, immediatly after he, (Dr. L.,) 
is gone, make you a good and liberal proposition 
for a partnership or interest in your Antidote." 

MS. BEAD DISCOURSES CONCERNING THE ARTICLE Df 
HARPER, AND OTHER THINGS. 

(20.) " (Dr. L.), says : ' that he has decided to 
write you one or more letters and have them pub- 
lished over his own name, in Harper and other 
New York papers if you will furnish him with 
the compound necessary for the cure of one patient 
that he is going to take with him to Europe.' " 

(21.) " I told you some time ago that Ludlow 
had written for Harper or some other Magazine 
or paper — and he did so write, and not only re- 
ferred to you but your Discovery. This I know 
and have seen extracts from it long and long before 
'the piece in Harper appeared." 

(22.) "The first article I read expressly told 
the public that he was not the discovered of 

THE CURE." 



54 HENRY HEAD. 

(23.) " I am in daily and hourly receipt of 
letters from Opium patients that Ludlow's piece 
is sending me. 

His first article (that, it seems, you did not see) 
— sent me 20 or more letters from Opium subjects." 

(24.) " Dr. L. wrote a new piece yesterday, (a 
splendid one), and the Harper's will put it in the 
next issue. It is really the best article or notice I 
ever saw written. He, in this new article, referred 
Opium Eaters in this vieinity to me — so you will 
have to send me a lot of medicine at once, 
and at your lowest price, and I will charge all I 
can get for it." 

(25.) '* You will be pleased when you see Dr. 
L.'s article in the Harper's Monthly. * * * 
But such an article as he (Dr. L.,) has written, 
(over his oivn name, too,) in favor of your 
Antidote, I never saw written before in its 
favor." 

(26.) " The piece he (Dr. L.,) wrote last is the 
best article I ever saw, and you may rest assured 
it will be inserted and published." 

(27.) " I heard the firm, (Harpers), or one of 
them, say to Dr. L. these words : ' Not for one 
thousand dollars, Dr. Ludlow, would we give room 
in our Magazine for your article to any other man 
than yourself!' " 



HENRY READ. 65 

(28.) " I will, as soon as I can find time, 
(from my present harry), write all those corres- 
pondents of Ludlow's, (that don't happen to see 
his letter in Harper), and tell them to send for and 
take the Antidote — Ludloiv requested me to do so" 

(29.) " That you were not referred to by Lud- 
low in his last letter I cannot and do not under- 
stand. Yet he meant or intended no slight — else 
why shoidd his first article refer to you and your 
locality, and as the Originator and Discoverer of 
this great Remedy ? " 

(30.) " At all events you get the benefit of 
every word he has said, and if you furnish the 
Compound for the patients, wherein are you 
harmed by the omission of your name, residence, 
etc., in Ludlow's last article ? " 



A FEW REMARKS BEARING UPON THE ABOVE EXTRACTS 
AND THEIR ABTHOR, MR. READ. 

Mr. Read comes to us very well indorsed by 
those who ought to know him, (Extracts No. 1 
and 2), and he is very rich in Congressional in- 
fluence — though he does not value the latter very 
highly — but a careful examination of his letters — 
a comparison of his statements with the known 
facts — and a general knowledge of his acts with 
regard to the Discovery of Dr. Collins, must im- 
press upon the mind of the reader the belief that 
those indorsements and that influence, which, in 



66 HExmr kejld. 

giving, left the donors no poorer, were of inestim- 
able value to Mr. Read — giving him something 
upon which he might stand, and without which he 
would be poor indeed. 

The statement of Mr. Read that he was the 
friend of Dr. Collins, (Extract No. 4), arises either 
from a child-like innocence of what a friend is 
and should be — or from a desire to deceive — to 
cover up under the guise of a firm friendship the 
deep wrong he was doing — for surely no one 
would say that the facts in the case corroborate 
his statements. 

tVith an enthusiasm as great as though he were 
really uttering a truth, he says : (Ex. 5) " For if 
ever one man tried to help another, I have tried to 
help you" — forgetting, alas, for his poor memory 1 
that it stands in proof that he has all along been 
playing a double game — has been false to Mr. Lud- 
low — false to Dr. Collins — and last, let us hope 
also, least — false to himself. He forgets that it is 
in "proof that upon the face of Mr. Ludlow's 
article in Harper, he lias recommended other 
Remedies for the cure of the Opium Habit, as 
being the one referred to by Mr. Ludlow. 

Does the reader fancy Mr. Read knows more 
about the suppression of Dr. Collins' name and the 
insaiion of his own in the Harper article, than he 
cares to tell? (See Ext. 29.) 

Next to the great wrong which Mr. Read has 



HENRY BEAD. 57 

done to thousands of Opium Eaters, is the grev- 
ious wrong he has done to his more than friend, 
Fitz Hugh Ludlow. He has been trifling with 
something with which he is not familiar — the hon- 
orable name and fair reputation of a gentleman 
and a scholar. 

While Mr. Ludlow is very desirous of forming 
a partnership with Dr. Collins, he wishes it to be 
distinctly understood that it must not be Icnown 
that he is an interested party at all — and all ar- 
rangements mast be made in the name of Mr. Read. 
(Ext. 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12.) 

^He must be known only as being interested as 
a Philanthropist — (Ext. 8j — or for the sake 
of Humanity — (Ext. 9.) True Philanthropists 
— men who really labor for the sake of humanity — 
are very hard to And ; but it would not take long 
to flood the market with such noble hearted phil- 
anthrophy as that. But what careful reader of 
the letters of Fitz Hugh Ludlow will believe that 
the heart that dictated them could be utterly bad — 
would believe that he, after years of labor to 
build up for himself an honorable and an endur- 
ing name, would hold that name thus lightly — 
would sell it to the highest bidder ! 

All of Mr. Read's attempts to make himself the 
confidante of Dr. Collins, having failed, and the 
longed for secret being still beyond his grasp, he 
endeavored to persuade the Doctor to patent his 
discovery. Ex. (14, 15.) The casual reader might, 



58 HENRY READ 

perliap3, at once come to the conclusion that Mr. 
Read's grand idea in offering to help the Discov- 
ery to a Patent, was to obtain for himself a knowl- 
edge of the secret — but this, the reader is assured 
would be denied by Mr. Read. He would prob- 
ably say that it was for the Doctor's good — or per- 
haps for the good of humanity — for has not Mr. 
Ludlow called Mr. Read his " noble hearted and 
philanthropic friend ?" 

Whether or not Fitz Hugh Ludlow knew the 
man he was honoring by a prominent notice in 
Harper, the reader may decide. 

A Partnership was next strongly urged by Mr. 
Read (Ext. 16, 17, 18,) but with his usual poor 
success. He was not so blind but as to see that 
the Antidote was one which was destined to be 
known the world over, and perhaps Mr. Read 
felt that with his influence it would do much more 
good to humanity — for who would dare to say that 
the noble hearted philanthropist ever for a moment 
remembered self? 

Does the reader wonder why Mr. Read must 
needs have delayed the announcement of his prop- 
osition until Mr. Ludlow had left the continent*! 
(Ext. 19.) For philanthropic reasons? 

The article in the Easy Chair of Harper for 
August, and the misrepresentations regarding it, 
was the immediate cause of the issuance of this 
pamphlet — rand to that part of Mr. Read's letters 



HENKY EEAD. 59 

beating upon that subject, the attention of the 
reader is requested. 

Mr. Read says that Mr. Ludlow has decided to 
write one or more letters for Harper, provided 
Dr. Collin- would send him an amount of medi- 
cine sufficient to cure one patient. (Ext. 20.) 
This amount of medicine teas sent and its receipt 
acknowledged in Mr. Ludlow s letter of June 14-th. 

Mr. Read says, (Ext. 21,) that Mr. Ludlow had 
written an article in which he referred not only to 
Dr. Collins but to his remedy— and that, (Ext. 22) 
in that article Mr. Ludlow expressly told the pub- 
fir that he, Mr. Ludlow, wo* not the discoverer of 
the cure, Now Mr. Read has been requested four 
different tunes to give the name of the magazine or 
paper in which that article appeared — but lie has 
always avoided an answer. 

Mr. Ludlow's first article (in which he used the 
name of Dr. Collins) sent Read 20 or more letters 
from Opium Eaters (Ext. 23). It never sent Dr. 
Collins one letter a fact that might look very 
strange had any one but Mr. Read said that such 
an article ever appeared. 

Extracts No. 24, 25, 26 and 27, were all writ- 
ten before the article in Harper appeared, and the 
idea which they were intended to convey is patent 
to *he reader. 

The " new piece" which Mr. Ludlow wroto 
was " the best article Ar notice he (Mr. Read) ever 



60 flEXHY READ. 

saw written," and it referred, says Mr. Read, 
"Opium Eater- in this vicinity to me" The 
reader is requested to examine the article 
from Harper and find the words " in this vicin- 
ity" — or any words to the same effect. 

The reader will observe that this enthusiastic 
paragraph is closed by an appeal for a lot of med- 
icine at the Doctor's lowest price, and a promise 
that he (Read) would charge all he could get for it. 
This, too, when Mr. Read knew that every bottle oj 
the Anil tote was compounded for a particular pa- 
tient, and would favorably effect none other.) Mr. 
Read's philanthropy sometimes carries iiim to 
great lengths. 

\ RECAPITULATION OF JHR. READ'S LETTERS. 

Mr. Read says he is indorsed by Secy. BoutwelL 
(Ex.1) 

This gives Secy. Bout well a large contract. 

Mr. Read says he has no " horn to blow" him- 
self. (Ex, 2.) 

But he nominates those who "blow" for him. 

Mr. Read says he can secure the influence of 
Butler, Wilson, Dawes, Brooks, Banks, and a ma- 
jority of the Committee of Ways and Means. 
(Ex. 3.) 

Upon the principal that misery loves company, 
this must please Secy. Boutwell. 



HEXBY BEAD. 61 

Mr. Read says he is the friend of Dr. Collins. 
(Ex. 4.) 

This is a mistake, as the reader may judge. 

Mr. Read says he has tried faithfully to help Dr. 
Collins. (Ex. 5.) 

The reader may j udge of the truth of this state- 
ment. 

Mr. Read says, in effect, that Mr. Ludlow 
disposes of his reputation for honesty for a con- 
sideration. (Ex. 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12.) 

This is for Mr. Ludlow to answer. The reader, 
in the mean time, forming his own opinion. 

Mr. Read says he is anxious that the Discovery 
be patented. (Ex. 14 and 15.) 

This is done only from Mr. Read's Philan- 
thropic desire to benefit humanity. 

Mr. Read says Mr. Ludlow is very anxious to 
form a co-partnership with Dr. Collins. (Ex. 16, 
18 and 19.) 

But Mr. Read dare not make any arrangements 
until Mr. Ludlow leaves for Europe. 

Mr. Read says Mr. Ludlow has decided to write 
an article for Harper. (Ex. 20.) 

Knowing positively that Mr. Ludlow did finally 
write an article for Harper, we are inclined to be- 
lieve that this statement is true. 



62 HENRY REAIK 

Mr. Read says Mr. Ludlow wrote an article 
in which he referred to Dr. Collins and his Dis- 
covery — and in which he said that he, {Ludlow), was 
not the discoverer of the Care. (Ex. 21 and 22.) 

Mr. Read has failed to give the name of the 
publication in which this article appeared, and so 
the reader must again judge of the truth of the 
statement. 

Mr. Read says that the^rs^ article of Mr. Lud- 
low's,(in which he referred to Dr. Collins), sent him 
(Read), 20 or more letters. (Ex. 23.) 

This is singular. Perhaps the reader can judge 
why they should send to Mr. Read when referred 
to Dr. Collins. 

Mr. Read says the new piece of Mr. Ludlow's 
was the best he ever saw. (Ex. 24 and 26.) 

This means, best for Mr. Read, and not, as might 
be supposed, the best for Dr. Collins. 

Mr. Read says he thinks Dr. Collins will be 
pleased, when he sees Mr. Ludlow^ article. (Ex. 
26.) 

Mr. Read was mistaken. 

Mr. Read says he was requested by Mr. Lud- 
low to advise all Opium Eaters to take Dr Col- 
lins' Antidote. (Ex. 28.) 

It is in proof that Mr. ReaJ has advised the use 
of other medioines upon the face of Mr. LudloVi 
article. 



HENRY BEAD. 63 

Mr. Read says he does not know why Dr. Collins 
was not referred to in the Harper article. (Ex. 29.) 

If the reader can force himself to believe this 
he mav 

Mr. Read says that Dr. Collins receives all the 
benefit arising from Mr. Ludlow's article. (Ex. 30. 

Mr. Read is mistaken. It is in proof that Mr. 
Read lias charged Opium Eaters One Hundred 
Dollars {$100.) for medicine for which he has paid 
Dr. Collins Fifty Dollars ($50.) 

Fifty Dollars a piece for patients sent to Dr. 
Collins, might be called disinterested philanthropy 
— but it isn't very often. 

o 

The following from the facile pen of Mr. FlTZ 
Hugh Ludlow is taken from Harper's Easy Chair 
for August, 1870, and is the article to which refer- 
ence has been made in the preceeding pages. 

The reader will be loth to believe that Mr. 
Ludlow saw the false impressions which his article 
would create, and the long list of wrongs to which 
it would give rise. And surelv no one can for a 
moment doubt that having seen the injustice which 
has been done, he will, to the best of his ability, 
see that honor is given to whom it is due, and 
justice done to all. 

New York, June 15, 1870. 

Dear Easy Chair: — To-day sailing for Europe, 
an invalid, with all the uncertainties of return 
which attend such a one, may I ask to say through 



64 EXTRACT PROM HARPER'S. 

you a word or two, in parting, to the class of our 
suffering fellow men and women for whom, as you 
know, I have spent a large part of my life — all 
that part, indeed, which is usually the leisure of 
a laborious profession ? 

In the book published two years since by the 
Messrs. Harper, under title of " The Opium 
Habit," whose earlier chapters were edited by, and 
the two closing ones original with me, I gave to 
the public as condensed a statement as my limits 
made imperative of the course of treatment which 
many years' medical and scientific study, together 
with an experience among Opium Eaters scarcely 
to be surpassed in extent, had taught me was the 
safest, quickest, least painful exit from a bell 
over whose interior penetralia at least Humanity 
had for years concurred to write, with a sigh, 
" Lasciate ogni speranza." There I showed the 
possibility of a release, and, so far as could be 
done in such broad touches, sketched the means. 
There I promised a salvation I had repeatedly 
seen effected, and accumulated all the incentives 
and encouragements to seek it which I knew ; but 
with these I was obliged to preach a Spartan — 
say rather a Christian — courage such as few 
women and fewer men can summon to their aid 
in the protracted agonies of the contest by which 
the Opium Eater must win his freedom, even 
under the many palliating and relieving circum- 
stances which I there revealed. I had not then 



EXTRACT FROM HARPER'S. 65 

found what I confess has been one of my life's 
ruling passions — a very agony of seeking to mid — 
any means of bringing the habituated Opium 
Eater out of his horrible bondage, without, or 
comparatively without, pain. Thus far I had 
failed in my wrestling interrogations of Nature 
for the Antidote, the substitute, the agent, what- 
ever it might be, by which Opium might be so 
gradually replaced and eradicated as to present 
the slave, some bright celestial morning, with his 
manumission, before he could feel the blows 
which struck the shackles from his feet. 

I ask you, dear Easy Chair, to rejoice with me 
that, in all probability, that wonderful discovery 
has now been made ; that henceforth the salva- 
tion of the Opium Eater, like that from any other 
chronic disease, may be accomplished in such a 
way that the cure brings not an increase but a re- 
lief of the original suffering ; that the process of 
giving to him his new self may now be not a ter- 
rible volcanic throe that tears soul and body to 
pieces, but a gentle, painless change, like those 
milder forces of nature shown in the progress of 
the seasons, the unbinding of the frost, the return 
of the sun and gentle rains. A year ago I was 
almost in despair of such a blessing ; but I must 
believe — must declare — what my eyes have looked 
upon. 

I have had under my eyes a patient who had 
jeen an habitual user of opium for years — whos 



66 EXTRACT FROM HARPER'S. 

daily rations of morphia had now reached the ter- 
rible amount of thirty grains, (a case quite as- 
tounding to minds not experienced among Opium 
Eaters, but having numerous parallels in my ac- 
quaintance) — who abandoned the drug at once in 
its every form, and never touched it again from 
that moment (four months ago) to the present 
time. I have seen him going on with his daily 
avocations, suffering no pain which required him 
to lie down for a single day, feeling no temptation 
to seek opiates, although he constantly carried 
about his old morphia powders on his person, and 
had made the un-Spartan resolve to resume his re- 
lief if the new experiment for a moment failed. 
He was expecting anguish all the time for his 
first month of trial; but it never came, has not 
come, and is most unlikely to come now that, af- 
ter all these months his digestion has regained its 
vigor, his step its elasticity, his eyes and cheeks 
the freshness of health. Besides this case I have 
seen numerous others, when their various compli- 
cations are considered, no less remarkable and 
from many more have had letters, all joyfully 
unanimous in the testimony that their exit was 
painlessly accomplished, and that the opium- 
craving was not only appeased, but quite eradi- 
cated, by the process of cure. I have been com- 
pelled to confess that the life-long object of my 
search seemed most marvellously accomplished. 



EXTRACT FROM HARPER'S. 67 

Were I staying in this country, instead of going 
abroad as my last chance for life and health, I 
would joyfully continue to answer the corres- 
pondence which floods me on this subject from all 
parts of the Union, and, at any expense to my- 
self, make known this salvation to the most sor- 
rowful sufferers of this world. Were this an ar- 
ticle, instead of a communication receiving your 
hospitality, dear Easy Chair, and were Harper * 
a technical magazine, in which I could develop 
the process of substitution and elimination by 
which this marvellous blessing is accomplished, I 
would now speak more at length. It is now suf- 
ficient to say that the discovery is one which 
ranks in importance to human weal and woe with 
vaccination, chloroform, or any grandest achieve- 
ment of beneficent science which marks an age. 
The many who can bear me witness how willing- 
ly I have responded to all inquiries for help to 
the Opium Eater, by visit or letter, will be glad to 
know that during my absence such inquirers may 
apply to my noble-hearted and philanthropic 
friend, Mr. Henry Read, of Lowell, Massachu- 
setts, who possesses all my information on the 
subject, and has kindly consented to let me roll 
off upon his shoulders the loving but heavy 
burden of answering such questions as might, if 
I staid here, be addressed to me. 



68 EXTRACT FROM HARPER'S. 

By lettting me say these parting words trora 
your kindly elevation, my dear Easy Chair, you 
will bless thousands of sorrowful souls, and send 
one away to Europe far less sorrowful, because 
most hopeful, for them. Your friend, 

Fitz Hugh Ludlow. 



HISTORY OP AN OPIUM EATER. 69 



OPIUM EATERS, ETC 

The following letter, bearing date San Fran- 
cisco, Cal., Jan. 26, 1871, contains the personal 
experiences of a confirmed morphine cater, and 
exposes, in a clear and forcible manner, the deter- 
mined effort of Fitz Hugh! Ludlow and Har- 
per's Magazine to wrest from Dr. Collins the 
honor and emoluments of his great discovery. 

The Chicago " Times," in giving place to the 
article says : 

" It exposes a very extraordinary attempt to 
defraud the discoverer of a wonderful remedy out 
of the just returns of his discovery, the parties to 
the transaction being a well-known literateur, 
who appears, according to the statements made, 
to have been abetted by the publishers of Har- 
pi-Ss Magazine. The article will be perused with 
much interest." 

The New Church "Independent" published at 
the home of Dr. Collins, in giving place to the 
article, says : 

" We publish in this number of the Independ- 
ent a letter, Written by one of the patients of Dr. 
Collins, of this place, in reference to his Opium 
Antidote and the D ictor's treatment by the liar- 
■uer's: We are assured that it is genuine and not 
a mere advertisement as some may suppose. In 
view of the good which we know has resulted 



70 HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 

from this treatment for the Opium Habit, we 
cheerfully make room for this letter. As the Doc- 
tor is an old citizen of our town and we have a 
personal acquaintance with him and two of the 
parties he has cured, we cheerfully recommend 
him to the slaves of Opium." 

The New York Independent says: 

"In more than four hundred cases the remedy 
of Dr. Collins has been thoroughly tested, without 
a failure, many of the cases treated having been 
in the last stages of the dreadful disease." 

"The case of <G. A. T.,' the history of which 
appeared in the Chicago Times, March 11th, is, 
without doubt, the most wonderful case upon rec- 
ord. Sixty grains of morphine was his daily por- 
tion ; and yet at the first dose of the medicine all 
desire for the drug instantly ceased." 

The Argus, published at La Porte, says: 

"The article in the Independent will be read 
with interest, not only by those who are seeking 
relief from the slavery of Opium, bur by all par- 
ties who feel that right should prevail and merit 
receive its just reward." 

FITZ HUGH LUDLOW AND HARPER'S MAGAZINE. 
Twenty-two years of a>j,e, with a constitution 
of iron, brave of heart and strong of limb, 
flushed with the brightest and highest of ambi- 
tions, and cheered on by the smiles and huzzas 
of the loyal people in the staid iittle town uf 



HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 71 

W , 1 marched, in 1861, for the battle-fields 

of the South. 

To be in the advance of our great army seemed 
ev^r to be my fortune, and until the fall of 1864 
I had never left my command. 

But worn out with the hardships at which? 
during the first two years of my service I had al- 
ways laughed, I found myself, in September of 
1864, en route for my home in Illinois. 

But how was I changed ! In the rude strength 
of youth, every inch of me a man, I had, scarcely 
three years before, left my home and my friends. 
I was returning to it and to them a mere wreck ; 
an arm lefi upon the well-fought field of Shiloh; a 
bullet near ray spine, the parting compliment of 
the day at Stone River; constitution broken, 
ambition gone, wasted to a shadow, and only sus- 
tained by the wonderful power of Opium. 

Long weeks and longer months of suffering had 
so shattered my nervous system and reduced my 
strength, that as a dernier resort my physician had 
prescribed Morphia, and with the most flattering 
results. Soothed by the wonderful power of that 
most wonderful of narcotics, I forgot my pain, 
and if I did not really mjoy life, I lived and 
"blest the man that first invented Opium." 

From June, 1864, until the winter of 1867, my 
pain had been soothed and my strength sustained 
by Morphia, the daily dose rapidly increasing 
from one grain to twenty-three grains. 



72 HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 

Not sufficiently robust to endure the rigors of 
our northern climate, and having friends upon the 
Pacific coast, I moved in the autumn of '67 to the 
city of San Francisco, where I was first awakened 
from the deadly stupor in which I had so long 
lived. I had gained somewhat in weight and in 
strength, and the vigor and clearness of my mind 
had been unimpaired, and, little dreaming of the 
gulf that yawned before me, little dreaming of 
the shackles that bound me, for I had never 
moved to the full length of my chain, — I never 
hesitated when I put to my lips in the morning 
the drug that was to give me the strength for the 
day's labor. And why should I ? For years I 
. had leaned upon its power ; for years it had soothed 
me Avhen my body was racked with pain ; it had 
been my strength, my life. Why should I fear 
that one day the most gentle of servants should 
become the most relentless of masters ? No 
faithful friend warned me of the dangerous path 
I was treading. I was to learn the error of my 
way by the bitterest of all experiences. 

The pursuit of my profession carried me to a 
* small settlement in the interior of California, 
where, after a long ride of twelve hours, I found 
myself at a late hour one Saturday night. 

Weary and cold I retired, only to be haunted 
by the most, fearful of dreams, and to wake 
from them with a sense of utter exhaustion, and 
8,u uncontrollable desire for some thing. As 



filSTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 73 

hundreds of times before, I sought ray Morphia, 
believing that in it I should find relief. My pock- 
ets were turned inside out, ray valise ransacked 
for the precious drug, when, who shall describe 
my horror ? it was out ! 

The late hour of the night, the insignificance 
of the settlement, not large enough, probably, to 
support a drug store, and the wildness of the 
storm and bad condition of the roads, shutting me 
out from the world, flashed upon my mind in an 
instant. 

The house was aroused, and the country physi- 
cian sent for in the hopes of finding that for 
which I was almost dying, but in vain. 

The long day — the longest I had then known — 
was near its close ; the messenger sent forty miles 
to procure Morphia had not returned, and with 
brain on fire 1 was raving like a mad man. The 
fearful sufferings of that day I shall not attempt 
to describe. There are those who have expe- 
rienced such agony, whose pens are more ready 
than mine. 

The Morphia came at last, and in the thirty 
grains which I so eagerly swallowed, I forgot the 
furnace through which I had passed. 

This was my first awakening, and I was not 
slow to appreciate the depth of the gulf into 
which I had fallen ; I was not slow to believe 
that I was the veriest of slaves, bound body and 
soul. 



74 HISTORY OF AN OPIUlf EATER. 

How my soul revolted at such bondage; how I 
struggled to free myself from my fetters; how I 
agonized — I pray God none may know. 

Three different times I endeavored, unaided, to 
burst my bonds, but every time in vain, and after 
each trial I was compelled to increase my daily 
dose. Never relinquishing my desire to once 
more stand upon my feet a free man, I left no 
stone unturned to accomplish the end. Eminent 
physicians were consulted, and for different pe- 
riods of time their advice followed : but the untold 
sufferings through which I was made to pass re- 
sulted only in the lessening of my strength and 
the chilling of my hopes. 

An advertisement in a Memphis paper attracted 
my attention, and I applied to the advertiser, who 
claimed to have discovered a painless cure for the 
Opium Habit. His remedy was faithfully tried ; 
I lived over again the terrible anguish which I 
can never forget, and seeing the great gale of 
doom closing upon me, the last flickering ray ot 
hope expired, and taking sixty grains of Morphia 
per day, I gave myself over, body and soul, to 
that Tyrant as unrelenting as Death, and far less 
generous. 

FITZ HUGH LUDLOW, 
himself an Opium Eater, had turned his attention 
to the unhappy condition of the bondmen and 
bondwomen, and had published in Harjw's his 
knowledge upon the subject, under the title of 
" What Shall They Do to be Saved ?" 



HISTORY OP AX OPIUM EATER. 75- 

The article was in the usually brilliant style of 
that brilliant man. but my own experience had 
taught me the utter uselessriess of his plan when 
applied to a case as desperate in all its phases as 
was my own. 

I read a book, accredited, though erroneously, 
to him, entitled " The Opium Habit," — but saw 
not one word calculated to arouse in my heart the 
shadow of a hope. 

The months went on, and I was daily growing 
weaker under a punishment greater than I could 
bear, when the August number of Harper* 's Mag- 
azine was laid upon my table. 

I took it up and mechanically glanced at its 
contents, a? I lazily cut its pages. At last my 
eye fell upon an article which has probably been 
read by more Opium Eaters in this country than 
any other literary or scientific article ever writ- 
ten. I read and re-read, until the hope long 
dead underwent a gradual resurrect ion, until, 
as I laid down the book, its wings were wide 
spread. 

Ludlow had really found what had been to hkn 
his " life's ruling passion ;" he had unlocked the 
door that shut so many human beings out in the 
darkness of despair ; he had made for himself a 
name second to that of no great benefactor of 
humanity — a name that our children's children 
should rise up and call blessed. I closed my eyes 
and, forgetting for a moment my misery, I fancied 



.76 HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 

that I was free. I rose above the terrible slough 
of despond • I saw the shackles loosen and fall 
oif, and, thanking God and Ludlow, 1 \va9 
happy. 

But I could not always dream, and, waking 
once more to the dread realities with which I was 
surrounded, I resolved to lose no time in posses- 
sing myself of the wonderful Elixir of Life. 

To the friend of Mr. Ludlow, Henry Read, of 
Lowell, Massachusetts, all anxious inquirers upon 
the subject were referred. 

Mr. Reed was written to — my case minutely 
described, and any amount of money that might 
be demanded gladly tendered — not for a cure, 
that was impossible — but for even temporary relief 
from my anguish. 

For days that lengthened into weeks, I impa- 
tiently awaited the mail that should bring me, 
perhaps, a word of encouragement — but it came 
not. 

A telegraphic dispatch remaiuing unanswered 
added to the terrible suspense of my condition, 
and once more my hope was chilled. 

Ludlow had sailed for Europe long before ; 
a communication between his agent and myself 
could not be established — and what was I to do ? 
But I could do anything but remain idle. 

I had seen somewhere an article highly com- 
mendatory of the Antidote, but denying the truth 
of the statement that Ludlow was its discoverer. 



HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATEB. 77 

Matters were becoming complicated, so I would 
write to the Easy Chair of Harper's — surely it 
knew all about it. I wrote, inclosing return post- 
age, earnestly requesting that the name and resi- 
dence of the discoverer be given me. 

Weeks passed on, and, receiving no reply, and 
fearful that the letter had miscarried or been mis- 
laid, I wrote another letter — a personal one — ad- 
dressed to the Editor of the Easy Chair by name. 
The fate which had followed my other communi- 
cations did not forget this one, and an answer was 
never received. 

At about this time — November, 1870 — there 
appeared in the Easy Chair an " Explanation," 
that explained nothing but served to complicate 
still more a. complicated affair. It seemed to me 
that at least the name of the discoverer of the 
Remedy might have been mentioned, allowing 
Opium Eaters themselves to have determined re- 
garding the "enormous prices" charged — a fac- 
ulty which they possess in perhaps as high a degree 
as the occupant of the Easy Chair. 

Painfully interested as I was, I could not fail to 
see that something was wrong — that somebody 
was endeavoring, from any motive save a good 
one, to withhold from Opium Eaters the name of 
their benefactor. 

The conduct of Harper's plainly showed that 
Ludlow was not what he had claimed to be, and 
that the magazine was doing all in its power— not 



71 HISTORY OF AJS OPIUM EATER. 

to rectify a glaring misrepresentation, but to clinch 
a falsehood and perpetuate a wrong. 

Wrought up to a state of desperation which 
only a hopeless slave to Opium may know and 
feel, I once more wrote to- the Easy Chair, en- 
treating with all the eloquence and earnestness of 
misery that I might know to whom to apply for 
relief. 

Fitz Hugh Ludlow was dead in Switzerland ; 
Henry Read oouid not hear my cry ; would the 
Easy Chair do this little act of kindness for hu- 
manily's sake ? But the waste-basket of the Easy 
Chair was larger by half than its heart — and no 
reply was vouchsafed me. 

The last week in November brought December 
Harper, and in the Easy Chair appeared an obit- 
uary upon Fitz Hugh Ludlow. 

Here, at last, thought I, the mystery will be 
solved. If Ludlow be really the discoverer of 
this great cure, the fact cannot be omitted, and if 
lie be not, how, in sketching his history, can his 
connection with the great remedy be passed by? 

But the Easy Chair was careful to pass unno- 
ticed a fact it long had hid, and the article to 
which thousands of Opium-Eaters, and scientific 
men everywhere, anxiously looked for a resolu- 
tion of the problem amounted to — nothing. 

Mr. Ludlow's article was not frank, said tho 
Easy Chair, but it was not necessary to impute 
any ill-iutent to the writer. 



HISTORY OP AN OPIUM EATEB. 79 

The real facts in the case, known as they must 
have been to the Easy Chair, were carefully with- 
held ; the most important event in all the history 
of Ludlow's life was merely alluded to — and the 
mystery remained unsolved. 

Surely, thought I, there is a part of the story 
yet untold; some motive very deep, if not very 
good, prompts the withholding of a single name, 
the divulging of which would bless thousands. 

But the mystery was to be solved by and by 
— I was to be given to read the whole of the story, 
and to repeat it into listening and eager ears. 

My condition at this time had become critical. 
Once more I had become but the shadow of a 
man — my brain and my body were racked by 
intensest pain — my days were full of agony and 
my nights of horror — and I had come to fear 
for the empire of my reason. 

My physician and friends, one and all, had lost 
all hope, and were waiting for a summons they 
had long expected, and wondered at its long delay. 

Sitting one day in the parlor of my home, for 
I had long ago given up my profession, my mail 
was brought in, and among it I found a little 
book sent to me by some sympathizing but 
unknown friend. 

The title, "Theriaki and Their Last Dose," 
rather attracted my attention. Merely for the 
purpose of whiling away a half-hour, I con> 
menced its perusal. 



80 HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 

I soon became deeply interested, and read with 
increasing interest the letters of FUz Hugh Lud- 
low, and the clear but astounding relation of the 
remarkable cures that had been performed. 

Here then I had found what I had so long 
searched for — the name of the discoverer of the 
Antidote so carefully tested and strongly com- 
mended by Mr. Ludlow. 

There remained in my mind no doubt as to 
whom the honor of the discovery belonged. This 
time Ludlow's letters were unequivocal, pointing 
directly to the man whose "thunder he had sto- 
len " — with whose honor he had clothed himself. 
I read, and at once believed in the wonderful 
power of the Remedy, and believed that the man 
who could so vigorously conduct a warfare — sur- 
rounded as he was by difficulties almost insur- 
mountable — to a successful termination, must 
surely have something for which to fight, could 
be anything but an impostor. 

Ludlow, then, was not the discoverer of the 
Antidote, but, despite misrepresentations strength- 
ened and aggravated by the conduct of the Har- 
per's, the real discoverer had come to light in the 
person of Samuel B. Collins, of La Porte, Ind. 

I exhibited the book to several of my most 
intimate friends, expressing my determination of 
sending at once for the medicine. 

To this, however, my friends objected. I was 
so very low, they said, would it not be better to 



HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 81 

visit the Doctor in his own home? He would 
understand then, they argued, the desperate con- 
dition of my case. 

Acting upon their earnest advice I prepared for 
what seemed to me a long, long journey, and one 
from which many of my friends never expected I 
would return alive. I reached Chicago, worn out 
by my trip, upon the 23d of December, 1870. 

Needing rest, I concluded to remain one day in 
the city, and resolved, before I left, to call upon 
Mr. Chapman, whose name, as one of the cured 
Opium Eaters appears in " Theriaki." 

I found Mr. Chapman an agreeable gentleman, 
and listened with intense interest to his ; elation 
of his sufferings and his cure; how for 14 years 
he had used 18 grains Morphia per day — and how 
he was completely and permanently cured. His 
assurance that in his opinion my cure was only a 
question of time, gave me greater confidence and 
stronger hope. 

I reached La Porte Christmas eve, intending 
after a Sabbath day's rest to call upon the Doctor 
and lay my case before him. 

A. P. Andrew, Jr., whose name also appears in 
"Theriaki," lived across the way from the hotel 
at which I was stopping, and upon him I called. 
He was the first person who ever took a dose ol 
the Antidote, and was permanently cured in five 
months. Mr. Andrew corroborated the state- 
ments of Whitmore, Culver, and Darrow. Again 



82 HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 

I was assured that my cure was not impossible, 
and, feeling sure that but a single night separated 
me from the mystery explained, I returned to the 
hotel. 

The excitement which had thus far kept me up 
subsided now that I had reached the end of my 
tourney, and I woke, upon the morning after 
Christmas, entirely exhausted. 

Taking twenty-five grains of Morphia before I 
was able to leave my bed, I dressed, and wearily 
traversed the very short distance between the hotel 
and the residence of the Doctor. 

I was ushered into a cozy little parlor, and in a 
moment the man in whose hands my destiny was 
held, appeared. 

Picture to yourself a man, five feet ten inches 
in height, powerfully built, — long brown whiskers 
and mustache — light hair and complexion, and a 
light, piercing eye — a deliberate thinker and 
speaker — self-made and positive, — and you have 
the picture of the man who has solved the great- 
est of all medical problems — the discovery of a 
remedy which, in its power of benefiting human- 
ity, is without a rival. 

My case was quickly explained, and with bated 
breath I asked : " Can anything be done for me ?" 
The Doctor, in a tone of voice which plainly 
showed his wonderful confidence in the power of 
his remedy, slowly replied : " You have only to 
follow carefully all directions, and you can be 



HISTORY OF«AN OPIUM EATER. 83 

cured painlessly — permanently." He paused a 
moment, as if for a reply, but I could say noth- 
ing. 

" Your nerves, now shattered, will be strength- 
ened," continued he, " the organs of your body 
resume their natural functions — and you will be 
a man again. It is only a question of time." 

I was anxious to take the first dose of the 
medicine that promised to do so much for me, so 
I was requested to return to the office in the 
afternoon. 

At just one o'clock, the time at which I usu- 
ally took my dose of 1 5 grains, I returned to the 
office, and there took the first teaspoonful of the 
Antidote. 

The effect was most wonderful ; my nerves be- 
came instantly quiet — the temperature of my 
body regular and natural ; in short, that single 
teaspoonful of medicine had completely taken the 
place of 15 grains of Morphia. 

All that afternoon, like one in a dream, I 
wandered about — it surely could not be a reality 

this freedom from pain ! But two days passed 

and I had touched no Morphia, and felt better 
than I had felt for years. 

Having nothing to call me home, I resolved to 
spend a week where I could be under the Doctor's 
own care, and during my visit to his home I 
related to him the many fruitless attempts I had 
made to discover his " habitation and his name," 



84 HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 

and how merely by accident I had finally made 
the discovery." 

Evidently interested in the rehearsal of my 
trials, he gave me at length the facts of the ease, 
placing in my hands copies of the documents 
necessary to substantiate the story. 

That Opium Eaters may know the solution of 
a question which long has puzzled them, and in 
which they have a deep interest; that they may 
know the course pursued toward them by Harper's 
Magazine, and thus be able to distinguish their 
true friends, I shall briefly repeat the story : 

The discovery of Dr. Collins was made in July, 
1868, and upon the 18th day of the same month 
the first dose was taken by A. P. Andrew, Jr. 

In the fall of the following year, though very 
little advertised, the fame of the remedy had 
traveled from mouth to mouth, until the Doctor 
had patients at many points distant from his 
home. 

In October, 1869, a patient of the Doctor's resid- 
ing in Missouri, sent to Fitz Hugh Ludlow a 
small phial of the Antidote, which he carefully 
tested. Mr. Ludlow then wrote to the doctor, 
Nov. 25, and a correspondence, interrupted only 
by Mr. Ludlow's departure for Europe, was the 
result. Mr. Ludlow desired to test the remedy, 
voluntarily promising, if the test was satisfactory, 
to write an article for both Harper's Monthly and 
Weekly, setting forth the facts in the case. 



HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATEE. 85 

Dr. Collins furnished Mr. Ludlow with sixteen 
bottles of his medicine, free of charge ; the test 
was carefully and successfully made, and Mr. 
Ludlow testified to that fact in his article published 
in August. 

The article was written in June, and previous 
to its appearance a determined effort was made to 
form a copartnership between Ludlow, Reed, and 
the Doctor. 

Negotiations of this nature being still pending, 
the long-looked-for article appeared, which ren- 
dered their favorable termination impossible, and 
betrayed the well-laid plan of defrauding the Doc- 
tor not only out of his hire, but out of the honor 
which was his due. 

Believing, perhaps, in the probability of a part- 
nership being formed, Ludlow had written the 
article in such a manner as to completely conceal 
the discoverer of the remedy, and place the honor 
upon himself. 

So completely was Dr. Collins ignored, that his 
name was not mentioned, and Henry Read was 
named as the person to whom all inquirers should 
apply. 

And to make room for this article, Mr. Ludlow 
withheld an advertisement designed for Harper's, 
and in which the name of Dr. Collins appeared. 

But it is not necessary to impute any ill intent 
to the writer, says the Easy Chair — his " article 
was not as frank as it should have been " — but it 



86 HISTORY OF AX OPIUM EATER. 

was fully as frank as the Easy Chair's " Explana- 
tion " in November. 

Then commenced the war with Mr Reed, who 
held, by the authority of Ludlow's article, the 
destinies of the discovery. 

To correct the misrepresentations of Ludlow's 
article, and to wrest from Mr. Reed authority 
to which he was not entitled, " Theriaki " was 
published. 

Mr. Reed, seeing to what his actions threatened 
to bring him, and tired perhaps, of the war, 
gracefully surrendered, and went at the work of 
righting the wrong. He used his influence with 
the Easy Chair to have the misrepresentation cor- 
rected, and the honor given to the real discoverer 
of the Remedy. 

This the Easy Chair unconditionally promised 
to do, in the following letter, dated Sept. 5, 1870, 
and addressed to Henry Read : 

" Dear Sir : I have received both your last 
letters and have carefully considered what you 
say. 

" It is too late to speak of the subject in the 
next number of the magazine, which is already 
in press; but in the following number I shall 
state upon your authority that Mr. Collins is the 
inventor and proprietor ; that you and Mr. Lud- 
low testify to its efficacy ; and that I, of course, 
cannot know whether you or he have any other 
than a philanthropic interest in it. That you 



HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 87 

have had such an interest hitherto, you say in 
your letters, although you also say it was for 
Ludlow's benefit. There is no harm in that, but 
there is great harm in giving another impression, 
which Ludlow's letter certainly did. Yours, 

"(Signed), 
"The Easy Chair of Harper's Magazine." 

There are two points in this letter worthy of 
mention : The direct promise to state that Dr. 
Collins was "the inventor and proprietor," — and 
the honest indignation against the wrong impres- 
sion conveyed by Ludlow's letter. 

Mr. Read, having written Dr. Collins to the 
effect that the correction would be made, the doc- 
tor forwarded that portion of the letter to the 
" Easy Chair." 

In the reply the Easy Chair forgets its une- 
quivocal promise, but still expresses indignation 
at the deception : 

" Sept, 27, '70— The Easy Chair of Harper's 
Magazine has read Mr. Collins' note and iuclo- 
sure. 

"Long before, however, it had decided, upon 
further consideration, not io advertise Mr. Col- 
lins as the proprietor of the Antidote men- 
tioned by Mr. Ludlow in an article which the 
Easy Chair would not have inserted had it been 
as fully informed upon the subject as it now is." 

This much for the promise of the Easy Chair 
of Harper's Magazine. 



88 HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 

Although perfectly aware of the deception that 
had been used, — by no means ignorant of the 
injury that had been done — and still crying out 
against it, — any just explanation of the matter 
was refused 

Well, the November number of Harper appeared 
and in it there was an "Explanation." 

Again the name of Dr. Collins was omitted, 
though the Easy Chair knew the facta — and an 
attempt made to cast an air of .suspicion around the 
whole matter — a statement being made in regard 
to the amount charged, which was in letter and 
in spirit a glaring falsehood. So much for the 
promise and "Explanation" of the Easy Chair, 
to right the wrong. 

The importance of the matter, both to Dr. 
Collins and to Opium Eaters everywhere, de- 
manded that at least one more attempt be made. 

Moral suasion had entirely failed — no appeals 
from suffering humanity, no considerations of 
justice or of right, whatever, could move the Easy 
Chair — it now remained to try money. 

Dr. Collins then wrote to the Easy Chair, inclos- 
ing fifty dollars, — briefly reviewing the facts already 
known to its occupant, — and concluding : "I have 
to request that you would, in your own way, and 
no matter how briefly, set this matter at rest, once 
and forever, by giving through the Easy Chair 
the credit of the discovery to whom it rightly 
belongs. This no less for the benefit ot Quium 
Eaters than to further my own interests." 



HISTORY OP AN OPIUM EATER. 89 

The result was the following letter, which 
plainly showed that not money even would incline 
the Easy Chair to do a simple act of justice : 

New York, Oct, 24, 1870.— Sir: I have a 
note from you of the 17th inst., inclosing a money 
order for $50, and you request that certain things 
shall be stated in this department of the magazine. 

" The late Mr. Ludlow wrote a note which was 
published in that department, alluding to an 
Opium Antidote, and mentioning Mr. Henry Read, 
of Lowell, as the person to be inquired of. 

" What arrangements Mr. Ludlow and Mr. 
Read may have had, the Easy Chair does not 
know. But no assertion whatever has been made 
in regard to you, nor does the Easy Chair pro- 
pose to make any — certainly not in consideration 
of money. 

"Advertisements should be addressed to the 
publisher of the magazine. 

" I inclose to you the money sent by you. 

" Yours, 

" (Signed) 

"The Easy Chair of Harper's Maga- 
zine." 

Under date of September 5, the Easy Chair 
promised to state that Dr. Collins was the discov- 
erer of the Antidote. Under date of October 24, 
no statement whatever had been made regarding 
him. If consistency be a jewel, the Easy Chair 
would make a good setting. 



90 HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 

It became evident that the Easy Chair occupied 
a position entirely out of sight of the Scales of 
Justice, and the Doctor, as a last resort, fowarded 
to Harper & Bros., an advertisement, which, on 
account of its peculiarly objectionable "nature," I 
reproduce here: 

" THE OPIUM HABIT. 

" Fitz Hugh Ludlow's letters upon the subject 
of the Opium Habit, together with a full explana- 
tion of the disco very referred to by him in the Au- 
gust number of this magazine, — " Theriaki and 
their Last Dose," — will be sent to any address free 
of charge. 

" Address the discoverer of the Antidote, 

" Samuel B. Collins, etc." 

This advertisement was mailed upon the 1st of 
December. No acknowledgment of its receipt 
having been received, a letter of inquiry was 
mailed upon the 12th. 

No notice having been taken of either letter, a 
telegram was sent upon the 19th, which elicited 
the following, to which the attention of Opium 
Eaters is called : 

« New York, Dec. 20.— S. B. Collins: Ad- 
vertisements of such a nature, don't wish to in- 
sert. (Signed) Harper & Bros. 

This, then, was the end of the whole matter. A 
gross misrepresentation had been made in the 
columns of the Easy Chair — that department of 



HI5T0BY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 91 

tire magazine, though entirely cognizant of the 
fact, refused to make the correction,— forcing an- 
other misrepresenation upon the heels of a prom- 
ise to rectify — and finally declining to insert for 
money an advertisement on "account of its na- 
ture," — fully as unexceptionable as any that has 
ever appeared in the columns of that very select 
magazine. 

And thus ends the story, interesting inasmuch 
as it proves the disinterested humanity of the 
Easy Chair, and its unfaltering devotion to what 
it believes to be right. 

Poorly told as it has necessarily been, it may 
furnish food for reflection for those poor souls who 
have been misled as I "was misled, and caused to 
suffer as I suffered, by an act of injustice, which 
a single word could have made right. 

As for me, the Easy Chair, in giving place to 
Ludlow's article, had brightened my hope and 
lightened my heart, but it cruelly dashed my 
hopes, and I turned from it with a heavier feeling 
at my heart than I had ever known before. 

For the harbor which I filially reached, for the 
smiling sky and quiet sea above and around me, I 
cannot thank Harper — for I reached that harbor 
despite the false lights that were ranged along the 

shore. 

I remained in La Porte one week, and, taking 
a supply of medicine sufficient to effect a cure, I 
started for my home anything but the hollow- 



92 HISTORY OF AN OPIUM EATER. 

hearted ghost that the quiet Hoosiers stared at 
with mouths wide open. 

It has now been thirty days since I touched a 
grain of Morphia, and I have gained so wonder- 
fully in weight, in strength, and in looks that my 
friends are wont to pass me by unrecognized. 

Because of the fulness of my heart, and that 
other poor souls may know and feel my happiness, 
this letter is written — and that said, my whole 
interest in the matter is told. 

G. A. T. 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 93 



Since the issuance of the first edition of 
" Theriaki," the number of patients has steadily 
increased, until there now stand upon the books 
near!y six hundred uames. 

Persons of all ages and conditions of life — 
strong men and weak women: — persons afflicted 
with almost-every ill to which flesh is heir, have 
been treated and cured, and so very many of the 
questions which patients would be led to ask may 
be anticipated in these pages. 

Tli ere are some who, when they find that from 
the first dose of the Antidote all desire and 
necessity for Opium in any form disappear, 
become fearful that they are still using in some 
form or other, the drug from whose baneful in- 
fluence they would escape. 

If the fact that Opium does not antidote itself 
be borne in mind, and the patient remembers that 
no painless process of gradual diminution has ever 
been discovered, the idea will be at once, dis- 
missed. 

To bring the patient from under the power of 
Opium without pain, requires that the undue ten- 
sion of the nervous system be not too suddenly 
lessened, and so, as the drug is suddenly with- 
drawn, the Antidote supplies for the time being, 
its place, at the same time expelling the poison 



94 THE OPIUM HABIT. 

from the system, and restoring its nervous ener- 
gies. 

The Antidote holds the nervous system in die 
same condition of rest or unrest in which it finds 
it — lessening its tension so gradually as to be im- 
perceptible to the patient. 

Local and transient causes have their efl 
upon the strongest — there are times when we all 
feel languid and despondent — and to no person do 
these uncomfortable feelings come oftener than to 
the confirmed Opium Eater. 

A patient while undergoing treatment most 
generally watches with the greatest anxiety the 
progress of the cure — is particularly sensitive to 
every change of feeling — and so is very apt to 
give great prominence to a symptom which at 
other times would pass unnoticed. 

It is not strange that in the great process of 
elimination, and before the organs of the body 
have resumed their functions, the patient should 
feel at times a sensation of weariness — a lack of 
ambition. 

But as no actual pain is felt, and as such symp- 
toms are always transient, the patient should by 
no means lose courage in the efficacy of the Anti- 
dote. 

There have been two instances where an over- 
sensitive patient, experiencing this feeling of las- 
situde, has laid aside the Antidote and again 
resorted to Opium. A most unfortunate combi- 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 95 

nation of circumstances has at once appeared — for 
while the Antidote is a perfect substitute for 
Opium, Opium is not a perfect substitute for the 
Antidote. 

It sometimes happens that patients, feeling 
under the invigorating influence of the Antidote 
an increase of nervous power to which they have 
long been strangers, labor or exercise beyond their 
strength, thus bringing on a relaxed condition of 
the nervous system. At such times they occa- 
sionally complain that the Antidote has not suffi- 
cient sustaining power. 

Dr. Collins wishes it understood that while the 
ordinary affairs of every-day life need not be 
interrupted during treatment, the medicine is not 
designed to furnish strength for unusual labor. 

While Dr. Collins guarantees a cure .in every 
case in which all directions are scrupulously fol- 
lowed, he wishes it distinctly understood that he 
neither guarantees a cure, or holds himself in any 
way responsible for any evil effects which might 
result from a violation of his explicit directions. 
Dr. Collins wishes here to warn patients from 
allowing any parties, whether Opium Eaters or 
not, to take, or even taste, the medicine prepared 
for another. 

To save a multiplicity of questions, and that 
patients may never be at a loss to know what is 
expected of them, it is thought best to give the 
following 



96 THE OPIUM HABIT. 



DIRECTIONS. 

Opium in every form must be entirely discon- 
tinued from the first dose of the Antidote, and 
never, under any circumstances whatever, be re- 
sorted to again. 

All acids — including, <>f course, fruits that arc 
s«»ur, and all spirituous or malt liquors, must be 
entirely avoided. 

The use in any form whatever of Mercury, 
Strychnia, Arsenic and Belladonna, is strictly 
forbidden 

Mineral Waters, Sedlitz Powders, Hydrate 
Chloral and preparations of Indian Hemp, are 
also forbidden. 

Should it any time become necessary to employ 
the services of a physician, the patient should 
particularly warn him against the use of any arti- 
cle above mentioned. 

The doses are to be taken with regularity, and 
exactly as directed upon each label — and should 
never be increased or diminished except by direc- 
tion of Dr. Collins. 

Should the patient be troubled with constipa- 
tion, the action of the bowels may be regulated 
by the use of from one to three of Tilden's Im- 
proved Cathartic Pills. Where the Pills cannot 
be obtained, the patient may use any mild cathar- 
tic which does not contain Calomel. 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 97 

Diarrhea, which seldom occurs during treat- 
ment, may be checked with the following pre- 
scription : 

Tinct. Capsicum 1 ounce. 

Tinct. Myrrh 1 drachm. 

Tannic Acid 10 grains. 

Simple Syrup 3 ounces. 

Mix. Dose: Twenty drops to a Teaspoonful 
every three hours. 

Never doubting in the ultimate result of the 
treatment, let the patient be hopeful — following, 
with the utmost care, the directions given. 



OS THE OPIUM HABIT, 



TO PERSONS ORDERING MEDICINE. 

It is not strange that there are many counter- 
feits before the public — medicines which, in color 
and taste resemble very closely the medicine com- 
pounded by Dr. Collins. 

Such a medicine, but devoid, of course, of the 
wonderful powers of the genuine Antidote, is 
compounded in the city of La Porte. 

That patients may not be imposed upon, the 
Doctor has taken precaution to have his name 
blown in the glass of each bottle, and to enclose 
in each box containing the first supply of medi- 
cine to each patient, a copy of Theriaki. 

The patient, by remembering this, may avoid 
imposition : None genuine unless the words, 
"Opium Habit Cured by Dr. S. B. Collins, La 
Porte, Inda.," appear blown in the glass of each 
bottle — and a copy of Theriaki accompanies each 
first shipment. 

From the price list given in these pages, there 
will be no deviation, it having been found neces- 
sary to work closely to an established rule. 

In cases of absolute poverty, the person should 
obtain from near neighbors a sworn certificate of 
his or her circumstances, without which, no appeal 
for a reduction of price will be considered. 

It should be remembered that the person should 
state the full amount of the drug necessary to 



THE OPIUM HABIT. 90 

keep the nerves in a* perfectly quiet state, for 
when a less amount is given, the medicine fails to 
have any beneficial effect. 

A blank containing questions to be answered 
is sent to each patient, with the request that it bo 
filled out and returned. 

Five dollars per bottle should accompany each 
order when medicine is to be sent, C. O. D. 

Money sent by Post Office Order is always safe. 
When that cannot be done the letter should be 
registered. 

All bills are payable monthly iu advance. 

Patients should always give Count/ and Slate 
plainly. 

Address 

Dr. Samuel B. Collins, 

La Porte, TndL 



100 THE CRITERION OF MERIT. 



If individual success only awakened honest 
emulation and quickened to honorable rivalry, 
this would be a very pleasant world. But envy, 
detraction and double dealing are called into life 
by that same success, just as the sun that ripens 
the corn gives rank luxuriance to the weeds 
between. Now Dr. Collins is the pioneer in 
the cure of the Opium Habit, his merits are 
recognized and rewarded, and it is wonderful to 
sec how the little city of La Porte is astir with 
philanthropists who have given years, if not 
whole ages, to the discovery of an antidote for 
the great enslaver of the human race, to-wit, 
Opium, and have succeeded Pamphlets with as 
many pages as there are days in a fortnight, come 
out like leaves in spring, proclaiming a year of 
jubilee to the hopeless victims -abroad, forgetting 
all the while that "charity begins at home;'' for- 
getting, if not the injunction " physician, heal 
thyself," at least the homely counsel, "physician, 
lieal thine own!" One comes reluctantly (!) 
before the public, clothed with modesty as with 
a garment, at the earnest solicitation of friends 
who have importuned and w r orried him outright 
into rescuing poppy-eating mankind. Antique 
professors come to resurrection and declare the 
new salvation. You can hardly turn over a mossy 
at' >ne without finding a philanthropist under it. 



THE CRITERION OF MERIT. 101 

They all bleed for suffering humanity, and shall 
not suffering humanity bleed a little in return ? 
They extend bottles of blessing to the human 
race with one hand, but they throw boulders at 
Dr. Collins with the other. One name with 
a title at both ends, like an elephant, asserts that 
Dr. Collins is " not reliable," to which Dr. C. 
replies that the name aforesaid cannot be surpassed 
for re'Zi'e-ability. All persons are not alike gifted, 
but Dr. C. is content. He is glad the old fashion 
of sacrificing a cock to Aesculapius is obsolete, 
else the philanthropists of La Porte, each claim- 
ing a bird for his especial offering, would be fatal 
to the poultry of I. a Porte. 

But Dr. Collins has work much too serious 
and important to trifle by the way with philan- 
thropists who have nothing to do but save man- 
kind, while Dr. Collins has not only to cure the 
Opium Habit, but also to make money. He only 
wonders how whole life times of profound 
research for the discovery of an Opium cure 
should have ripened simultaneously, and only 
after Dr. Collins' success was fully assured. 
But there being no pecuniary advantage in the 
solution of this mystery, Dr. C. leaves it alto- 
gether to the philanthropists themselves.. 

Dr. Collins takes this method of announcing 
that he has made arrangements to erect at once a 
first class, three story marble front building, con- 
taining a laboratory and spacious offices and 



102 THE CRITERION OF MERIT. 

consultation rooms on East Main Street, Post 
Office Block in the city of La Porte. The 
vast increase of his professional business has 
compelled him to devise greater facilities for 
preparing the medicine and meeting the wants of 
his patients. When the new headquarters for the 
cure of the Opium Habit are completed, Dr. 
Collins will be glad to welcome his friends, and 
if he can render the philanthropists any service, 
they need only drop the boulders outside the door 
while they extend to him the empty and friendly 
hand, and he will do any neighborly thing for 
them except disclosing the composition of the 
ONLY painless and certain remedy ever discovered 
—Dr. Collins' OPIUM CURE. 



THE CRITERION OF MERIT. 103 



WHAT PATIENTS Sil. 

The following from A. P. Andrew, Jr., who is 
one of the oldest, as he is one of the most re- 
spected citizens of La Porte, speaks for itself: 

"La Porte, April 20, 1871. 

" Dr. S. B. Collins : 

Many persons have written to me wishing to 
know if the cure performed by the Compound 
prepared by you for the Opium Habit sticks, or 
in other words, stands the test of time. 

It is now nearly two and a half years since I 
was cured, during which time I have not used 
Opium in any of its preparations, nor any substi- 
tute therefor — and have no inclination to do so. 
My health is good for one of my age — (seventy 
years). You can make such use of this as you 
please. Respectfully, etc., 

A. P. Andrew, Jr." 

" Hastings, Mich., March 5, 1871. 

" Dr. S. B. Collins— Dear Sir : 

I am most happy to inform you that through 
the agency of your medicine I am at last cured of 
the Opium Habit. I do not feel the least desire 
for or need of Opium in any form ; and it is now 
nearly three weeks since I left off taking the sub- 
stitute. I have about a bottle and a quarter left 
from the last three vou sent me. I weigh thirty 



104 THE CRITERION OF MERIT. 

pounds more than I did a year ago, and am still 
gaining. My wife thinks I had better consult 
you about a substitute for ham and eggs ; she 
says I keep her busy cooking. I hardly know 
how to express myself, I feel so different and so 
much more like my old self; and, above all, i 
feel myself no longer a slave. 

But no one could appreciate how I feel, if I 
could tell it ever so well, except those who have 
been in a similar situation, and suddenly found 
themselves restored to life, health, and manhood 
again; and that, too, without any pain or incon- 
venience. Very truly yours, 

J. C. Ketchum." 

I hereby certify that the following are true ex- 
cerpta from original and genuine letters, now on 
file in my office, from patients whom I have 
treated, or am now treating for the Opium Habit. 

Samuel B. Collins. 

Sworn and subscribed to before me, the under- 
signed Justice of the Peace, the 24th day of April, 
1871. J. Fradenburg, J. P. 

A lady patient in Connecticut writes: 

"My head has not been so clear for years. I 
rest better nights and have a better appetite. I am 
entirely weaned from Morphia, and don't think I 
could be tempted to ever taste it again. You may 
well say that your medicine is the most wonder- 
ful discovery of the age — for it is indeed. There 
«vn't be praise enough for it." 



THE CRITERION OF MERIT. 105 

A lady patient residing in Illinois writes : 

"Your remedy is more than in my wildest 
dreams I had ever promised myself. I find it 
every thing, and if possible more, than yon claim 
for it. I am doing very nicely, and shall ever 
hear your name with a throb of gratitude in my 
heart. I feel a deep interest in this matter — a 
strong desire that the unfortunate class of beings 
to whom I so lately belonged may be led to a 
knowledge of the aid you can give them." 

A gentleman from Tennessee writes: 

"I must confess my astonishment at the perfect 
results of the Antidote. From the first day to 
the present I can see an improvement in health 
and also in mind. That lost and anxious look 
has disappeared, and I am again cheerful an< 
happy.'" 

A gentleman residing in Michigan, after twenty- 
five years' habitual use of Opium, writes: 

"I am a week old to-day, and behold, all things 
are new ! Oh, marvellous discovery! You have 
that in your keeping more precious than the 
4 golden fleece' or the philosopher's stone, which 
were sought for so long and sought in vain ! The 
good hand of our God has put in your hand a 
very Elixir of Life. I was never so happy — 
never so well in my life. 

" To no man living have I so graceful a sense 
of debt as to you, for you cannot weigh out the 
price thereof in gold ; it is not a debt of dollars." 



106 THE CRITERION OF MERIT. 

A gentleman residing in New York, after taking 
one bottle of the Antidote, writes : 

" Your Opium Antidote is the wonder of the 
age. I left off taking Morphia and began taking 
the Antidote, experiencing no bad feelings. I 
slept well each night, and had a good appetite all 
the time. The half has never been told of the 
wonderful properties oi the medicine. I had 
tried different times to break myself of the habit, 
but failed each time, and suffered more than a 
person with the delirium tremens. But I am 
fully cured, and feel an hundred per cent, better 
than when taking Morphia." 

A physician of eminence in Virginia writes: 

" Your compound seems to contain everything 
requisite for the broken down, sensitive system of 
the Opium Eater. It works like magic in its 
sustaining, invigorating, and tranquilizing effects 
upon a worn out system, all of which properties 
are essential in such a curative, and are most har- 
moniously blended. 

"I regard it as a substitute, antidote, and the 
finest stimulant I have ever known. It satisfies 
and gratifies the cravings for stimulants without 
producing the usual disagreeable after conse- 
quences." 

A distinguished lawyer of Rhode Island, writes: 

"I have never suffered for a single moment, 
and the only difficulty I find is to think of it and 
take the medicine regularly. I feel perfectly sat- 



THE CRITERION OF MERIT. 107 

isfied, and perfectly well. The past winter has 
been one of unusual trial to mo. I have been in 
Court almost, every day without exception, since 
I commenced taking- the medicine. I feel perfectly 
clear, and can bear any amount of fatigue and hard 
brain work. 

"Say to the world that it is the greatest, most 
wonderful and most priceless boon and discovery 
ever offered to suffering humanity in this or any 
other age." 

From Indiana a patient writes : 

"Thanks be to God, dear Sir, for your wonder- 
ful and painless cure — for it is painless in the 
strictest sense, I having felt better every way, 
from the first dose — much better than when in 
regular use of the wily drug. My skin cleared 
up — my eyes brightened, and what was still bet- 
ter my original elasticity and clearness of intellect 
returned to me. My sleep became natural and 
refreshing — no more twitching of my nerves, and 
starting up in my sleep — my appetite constantly 
improving, sensibility of my bowels returning — 
all my secretions resuming a normal character. 
In a word, I feel like a new man — am made 
over — becoming young again." 



108 WHAT THE PRESS SAYS. 



WHAT THE PRESS SAYS. 

The remedy of Dr. Collins has been tested in hundreds 
of cases without a single failure, and Fitz Hugh Ludlow, 
after thoroughly testing it, declared it to be the most won- 
derful discovery of the nineteenth century. — Buffalo Courier 

Dr. Collins, as the discoverer of a painless cure for the 
Opium habit-, has conferred as great a blessing upon human- 
ity as did Jenner in his discovery of vaccinal ion, or Guthrie 
in his discovery of chloroform. — Chicago Journal. 

It is known that the greatest efforts haye been put forth 
to find some remedy or help by which the terrible victims 
of the Opium habit might be enabled to get rid of their 
chains. The result had been, till lately, like the search for 
the elixir of life — all in vain. Fitz Hugh Ludlow — himself 
a victim — says, "it had been his life's ruling passion, a very 
agony of seeking to find some antidote lor the evil." In 
vain DeQuincy, another illustrious victim, wailed out, 
"the chain must be loosed and unwound, link by link, from 
the end back to the beginning ; and not one in ten thousand 
is able to endure the prolonged anguish. Nature Jias yielded 
her secret. Help has come, — perfect, complete, painless. — 
Herald, Leslie, Mich. 

Opium. — The honor of the discovery of Chloroform — 
assuredly one of the most beneficent discoveries ever made 
in medicine — must be shared between Guthrie, Soubeiran 
and Leibig, each having discovered it at about the same 
time, in the year 1831. 

But in 18G8 a discovery was made which in its power of 
benefiting humanity is not second to Chloroform, and which 
for years has defied the unwearied search of some of the 
mosteminent of medical men. 

We refer to the discovery of Dr. Samukl B. Collins, of 
La Porte, Ind., a painless cure for the Opium Habit. — TV. Y 
Independent. 



WHAT THE PRESS SAYS. 109 

In the April number of the New Church Independent is 
published a letter from California, detailing a history of the 
trials of one of our townsmen, in his efforts to prevent Fitz 
Hugh Ludlow — a writer for Harper's Magazine — from 
swindling him out of the benefits arising from the discov- 
ery of a very important medicine, for the cure of the Opium 
Habit. The fact of the discovery is well known to nearly 
all of our local readers, but the course pursued by Eastern 
sharpers to swindle Dr. Collins is known to but few, and the 
article in the Independent will be read with interest, not only 
by those who are seeking relief from the slavery of Opium, 
but by all parties who feel that right should prevail and 
merit receive its just reward. Dr. C. made this discovery 
in the summer of 1868, but his circumstances were not such 
as to enable him to bring it immediately before the public. 
By some hocus pocus the great Fitz Hugh Ludlow, who was 
himself an Opium Eater, learned the efficacy of the medi- 
cine, and deliberately planned to cheat Dr. Collins out of 
the honors and emoluments justly his due. But we are 
happy to chronicle the fact that he met with signal failure. 
HiB schemes were completely thwarted, and the Doctor 
remains in undisturbed enjoyment of the fruits of his great 
discovery. His business is rapidly increasing and he has 
the perfect confidence of an immense number of patients 
and correspondents. His success is a feather in the cap of 
La Porte, and his course will teach Eastern sharpers to 
seek victims elsewhere than in our little Forrest city.— La 
Porte Argus. 



Db Collins has received letters from several patients 
enclosing a small pamphlet prepared by somebody in La 
Porte, who is ambitious to be a boon to his fellow-beings. 

Of yhe pamphlet and the pamphleteer, Da Collins has 
ouly to say that the pamphleteer in question might, perhaps, 
find fit subjects for his wonderful skill within his own imme- 
diate family. 

But the Doctor- deems it an act of justice to his patients 
to assure them that however names have been obtained by 
the person in question, it has certainly been after the 
packages bearing those names have left the Doctor's office 
and passed into the custody of the Express Company ; and 
to state further that he has taken such measures as will 
effectually prevent any tampering wish his private corres- 
pondence in the future. 



3ST O T I O E 



NO MEDICINE iS GENUh^l 

UNLESS PUT VT IN BOTTLES UTON WHICH THE WORM 

Opium Habit Cured by Dr. S. B. Collius, 

La Porte, Indiana, 
appear blown in the glass,— and unless a copy of 

1 HER1AKI 

accompanies eaoh first shipment. All letters of inquiry, and orders for 
medicine should be addressed to 

Dh S B. COLLINS, 

La Porte, Ind. 



Dr. Collin9 refers to — 

F. West, Druggist, La Porte. 

Ireland & Mkrritt, Druggists, La Porte. 

A. P. Andrew, Jr. Canker, Lit Porte. 

H. L. Weaver, Cash. 15. Bank, La Porte. 

R. S. Morrison, Cash. 1st Nat. Bank, L.-t Porte. 

Dwight Fraser, Postmaster, La Porto. 

G H. Churchill, Express Agent. 

Geo. M. Dakin, M. D., La Porte. 

R. C Hall. Groton, N. Y. 

John Darling, Wallaceburg. Canada. 

J. S. Ralston, Indiana, Pa. 

C. B. Tilden, Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. H. S. Davis, Chicago, 111. 

B. F. Tatlor, La Porte, Ind. 



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